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Can cheilitis be linked to a more serious condition?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The two types of cheilitis linked to more serious conditions are actinic cheilitis and granulomatous cheilitis. Chronic actinic cheilitis can develop into squamous cell carcinoma because this specific type is due to prolonged exposure to sunlight and its ultraviolet rays. Granulomatous cheilitis can lead to facial palsy and, in addition to being its own condition, may be part of another condition or disease such as Crohn's disease.

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