26: Actinic cheilitis (solar cheilosis)

Actinic cheilitis (solar cheilosis)


Actinic cheilitis (actinic keratosis of lip, solar keratosis, solar cheilosis; from the Greek aktino = rays and cheili = lips) is common in sun-overexposed individuals, and is essentially a burn. This chapter discusses chronic actinic cheilitis (solar cheilosis) – a potentially malignant disorder (~ 6% risk of squamous carcinoma).


A careful history and a biopsy are indicated (Table 26.1). Lupus erythematosus and lichen planus must also be considered in the differential diagnosis.

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Jan 9, 2015 | Posted by in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology | Comments Off on 26: Actinic cheilitis (solar cheilosis)

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