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J Am Dent Assoc. 2001 Aug;132(8):1124-7.

Severe oral manifestations of chronic graft-vs.-host disease.

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  • 1Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Ibirapuera University, São Paulo, Brazil. crismf@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Graft-vs.-host-disease, or GVHD, is the main cause of morbidity in patients who have received bone marrow transplants. Chronic GVHD, or cGVHD, occurs 100 days or more after the transplant procedure and may take the form of various oral manifestations.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

A 23-year-old woman received an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Although prophylactic therapy was provided, the patient developed cGVHD. Appropriate therapy was initiated, and it received a good clinical response at all sites affected by cGVHD, except in the oral cavity. The patient received complete symptomatic relief through revised systemic therapy, improved oral hygiene, use of topical medications and a monitored diet.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Effective intervention by dentists is an important part of increasing treatment effectiveness and improving quality of life in patients who received bone marrow transplants.

PMID:
11575020
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