Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients: Part IV. Management of osteoradionecrosis

Roszalina Ramli, Wei Cheong Ngeow, Roslan Abdul Rahman, Wen Lin Chai

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Abstract

Head and neck cancer is becoming a more recognizable pathology to the general population and dentists. The modes of treatment include surgery and/or radiation therapy. Pretreatment dental assessment should be provided for these patients before they undergo radiation therapy. There are occasions, however, whereby head and neck cancer patients are not prepared optimally and, as a result, they succumb to complicated oral adverse effects after radiation therapy. Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is a severe debilitating condition that impairs healing due to reduction in vascularity and osteocyte population in the affected bone. This article reviews methods of treatment used to treat ORN such as antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, surgery, and other modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalSingapore Dental Journal
Volume28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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Osteoradionecrosis
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Radiotherapy
Osteocytes
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Dentists
Population
Tooth
Therapeutics
Pathology
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Bone and Bones

Keywords

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Hyperbaric oxygen
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Radiation therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients : Part IV. Management of osteoradionecrosis. / Ramli, Roszalina; Ngeow, Wei Cheong; Rahman, Roslan Abdul; Chai, Wen Lin.

In: Singapore Dental Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, 12.2006, p. 11-15.

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