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Actinic cheilitis
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Actinic cheilitis

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Contributors: Carl Allen DDS, MSD, Sook-Bin Woo MS, DMD, MMSc, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Synopsis

Actinic cheilitis (also known as farmer's lip or sailor's lip) represents confluent actinic keratoses on the lips, most often the lower lip. Like discrete actinic keratoses, actinic cheilitis is also a premalignant condition related to cumulative lifetime sun exposure. It is significantly more common in men, elderly patients, and patients with light skin phototypes. 

Individuals with actinic cheilitis often present with complaints of persistent dryness and cracking of the lips. They will frequently exhibit other cutaneous manifestations of sun-damaged skin such as actinic keratoses, poikiloderma of Civatte, senile comedones, etc.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) develops in 6%-10% of cases of actinic cheilitis.

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ICD10CM:
K13.0 – Diseases of lips

SNOMEDCT:
46795000 – Actinic cheilitis

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