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Porokeratosis on the lip: A Case Series


Porokeratosis is a skin condition that involves the formation of plaques, characterized by a hyperkeratotic ridge with an atrophic center. There is a histological presence of a cornoid lamella, which is a parakeratotic column that traverses through the stratum corneum. The plaques are mostly benign but have the potential to become squamous cell carcinomas if left untreated. Porokeratosis lesions typically occur on the extremities, but they can develop anywhere. The occurrence of porokeratosis on the lip is exceedingly rare. We report three cases of porokeratosis on the lip. Each incidence was treated with cryotherapy, which was unsuccessful in two. One of these two patients did not elect for topical treatment and is being monitored for lesion changes. The second patient was successfully treated via shave biopsy. The third patient was lost to follow-up post-cryotherapy.

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