Lichenified means the skin has become thickened and leathery. This often results from continuous rubbing or scratchingthe skin.
Chronic irritation due to conditions such as eczema can cause lichenified skin.
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Armstrong CA. Examination of the skin and approach to diagnosing skin diseases. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 444.
Review Date: 10/14/2012
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