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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53

Oral mucositis: Treatment and prevention


1 Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
2 Tamil Nadu Government Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission23-Sep-2019
Date of Acceptance17-Nov-2019
Date of Web Publication02-Jan-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Marcos Roberto Tovani-Palone
Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, 3900 Bandeirantes Ave, Ribeirão Preto, SP 14049-900
Brazil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ejgd.ejgd_168_19

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Tovani-Palone MR, Premkumar S. Oral mucositis: Treatment and prevention. Eur J Gen Dent 2020;9:53

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Tovani-Palone MR, Premkumar S. Oral mucositis: Treatment and prevention. Eur J Gen Dent [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Feb 17];9:53. Available from: http://www.ejgd.org/text.asp?2020/9/1/53/274669



Sir,

We have read with great interest the article entitled “Treatment and prevention of oral mucositis: A literature review.”[1] Oral mucositis (OM) is a common disorder in patients under treatment with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. It corresponds to a side effect of chemotherapy, head-and-neck radiotherapy, and targeted therapy. Despite advances in the treatment of cancer, OM continues to be an oncologic challenge in the context of antineoplastic therapy for head-and-neck cancer because it is a dose-limiting toxicity of chemotherapy and radiation treatment with negative impacts on the quality of life and cancer treatment efficacy.[2] Overall, patients with OM suffer from malignant diseases and/or require hematopoietic stem cell transplants.[1] In this connection, the role of dentists in the prevention and/or treatment of OM in hospitals and blood centers is essential. Thus, all health centers and hospitals offering these treatments should have dentists on staff for a comprehensive treatment of the patients.

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Ahmad P, Akhtar U, Chaudhry A, Rashid U, Saif S, Asif JA. Treatment and prevention of oral mucositis: A literature review. Eur J Gen Dent 2019;8:23-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Blakaj A, Bonomi M, Gamez ME, Blakaj DM. Oral mucositis in head and neck cancer: Evidence-based management and review of clinical trial data. Oral Oncol 2019;95:29-34.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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