■ Hyperplastic epidermis with spongiosis (Fig. 13B)

■ Lymphocytes extend into the epidermis (Fig. 13B)

■ There may be mild hyperkeratosis or focal parakeratosis


■ Etiology of lichen striatus is unknown

■ Suppressor-cytotoxic CD8+ T lymphocytes effect a cell-mediated cytotoxic immune reaction against kerati-nocytes


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