Actinic cheilitis: A case report and a review of the literature

Neil Hamilton Wood*, Razia Khammissa, Robin Meyerov, Johan Lemmer, Liviu Feller

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In actinic cheilitis, the current view is that the keratinocytes have undergone transformation forming a field of epithelium with the potential for neoplastic transformation. Clinical features include diffuse and poorly demarcated atrophic, erosive or keratotic plaques that may affect some parts of, or the entire vermilion border. Fair-complexioned people, those with albinism and people with eversion of the lip are all subject to actinic cheilitis. Prophylactic measures against all forms of sunlight-induced lesions must include limitation of exposure to the sun during peak sunlight hours, the use of appropriate protective clothing, and the use of a sunscreen cream. In this article, a case of albinism is used to illustrate the nature of actinic cheilitis, its clinical features and its treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-106
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Dentistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • Actinic cheilitis
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • UVB


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