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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2007 Jul;104(1):56-60. Epub 2007 Jan 29.

Modified Child-Pugh score as a marker for postoperative bleeding from invasive dental procedures.

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  • 1Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, USA. <>



The objective of this study was to determine if the modified Child-Pugh score (MCP) is associated with peri- and postoperative bleeding complications from invasive dental procedures in patients with advanced liver disease.


Patients with advanced liver disease who underwent an invasive dental procedure were identified retrospectively. The following information was collected for each patient: demographics, the MCP values (albumin, bilirubin, prothrombin time [PT], ascites, and encephalopathy), platelet count, adjunctive postoperative procedures (APPs) (e.g., administration of replacement blood products) following invasive dental procedures, and peri- and postoperative bleeding complications. The primary outcome was the need for APP to manage postoperative bleeding.


Fifty-two patients met the inclusion criteria. Thirteen (25%) patients required one or more APP to control postoperative bleeding. The MCP score, bilirubin, and PT were higher, and the platelet count was lower in the APP group. Ascites was more common in the APP group.


In addition to traditionally used parameters of bleeding in advanced liver disease, the MCP was found to be associated with postoperative bleeding complications in this patient population.

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