West China Journal of Stomatology ›› 2021, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 238-244.doi: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.02.019

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New diagnostic classification of cheilitis and its clinical diagnostic pathway

Qiu Xuemei(), Jiang Lu()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases & Dept. of Oral Medicine, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
  • Received:2020-07-17 Revised:2020-12-08 Online:2021-04-01 Published:2021-04-09
  • Contact: Jiang Lu E-mail:doctor6379@163.com;jianglu@scu.edu.cn
  • Supported by:
    General Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China(81872208);Science and Technology Innovation Base (Platform) and Talent Plan in Sichuan Province(20JCQN0242)


Cheilitis is a general term for various types of inflammatory diseases that occur on the lips. The etiology differs and the clinical manifestations and pathological features overlap, leading to difficulties in clinical diagnosis. Reasonable classification is conducive to the diagnosis of cheilitis. However, its classification is difficult because of its cha-racteristics. At present, scholars have proposed two different classification schemes, but a unified classification standard has not yet been established. We classified cheilitis based on its etiology, clinical manifestations, pathological characteristics, and relationship with systemic and special diseases on the basis of special medical reports and by combining clinical practice experience and summarizing previous cheilitis diagnosis and treatment literature. In accordance with this classification method, we proposed suggestions for the clinical diagnosis of cheilitis to provide a reference for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of complex cheilitis.

Key words: cheilitis, classification, diagnosis

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