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A personal journey through Oral medicine: The tale of hepatitis C virus and oral lichen planus

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Marco Carrozzo



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


© 2023 The Author. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Around 30 years ago, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) was identified and soon it was shown that this virus, further to the liver, could affect a variety of organ systems. This article summarizes how an association between HCV and a relatively common oral disorder, oral lichen planus (OLP), was revealed. Through key publications, many of them published in Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, it is shown the building of strong epidemiologic evidence supporting the association and how a plausible pathogenic link between HCV and OLP was discovered. As HCV infection is now potentially curable, modern direct antiviral agents can be used to effectively cure also OLP in HCV-infected patients.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carrozzo M

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine

Year: 2023

Volume: 52

Issue: 4

Pages: 335-338

Print publication date: 01/04/2023

Online publication date: 04/01/2023

Acceptance date: 15/12/2022

ISSN (print): 0904-2512

ISSN (electronic): 1600-0714

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc


DOI: 10.1111/jop.13400

PubMed id: 36597838