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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 569-571

Actinic cheilitis: A review


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Christian Dental College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Dr. Elangovan Somasundaram
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thokkavady, Namakkal, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.188763

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Actinic cheilitis (AC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lips that is caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight in susceptible individuals. It affects the vermilion region of the lower lip almost exclusively. UV-B rays with a wavelength of 290-320 nm are held responsible for the sunlight-induced damage. The exact mechanism of the development of AC is unclear. It is considered to be potentially malignant.


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