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Saturday 8 January 2011

Dermoscopy of lip pigmentation in a Laugier-Hunziker syndrome

Laugier-Hunziker syndrome is an acquired, benign, macular hyperpigmentation of buccal mucosa lips (and nails). Histologically, pigmentations are due to an accumulation of melanin in the basal layer keratinocytes and an increase in the number of melanophages in the submucosa and/or papillary dermis.

We report dermoscopic pictures of lip pigmentations in this syndrome.

In our case, dermoscopy revealed a reticular pattern and also linear or curvilinear streaks making a parallel pattern.

Dermoscopic findings in Laugier-Hunziker syndrome. Gencoglan et al. Arch Dermatol. 2007; 143(5): 631-633