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Mater Sociomed. 2015 Oct;27(5):359-62. doi: 10.5455/msm.2015.27.359-362. Epub 2015 Oct 5.

DENTAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR LEUKEMIC PEDIATRIC PATIENTS: AN UPDATED REVIEW FOR GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONER.

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1
Department of Oral Maxillofacial Sciences, Al-Farabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2
Department of Restorative Dentistry Sciences, Al-Farabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

The early signs of leukemia can usually manifest in the oral cavity due to infiltration of leukemic cells or due to associated decline in normal marrow elements, especially in the acute phase of leukemia, as common lesions at this stage of the disease can be screened and diagnosed by the dentist. Therefore, the dental community should be aware of the oral manifestations of leukemia and oral complications of anticancer treatment. This can eliminate the oral symptoms of the disease and to improve quality of life for these patients. An extensive search in PubMed line using a combination of terms like "leukemia, children, dental, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, pediatric" for last ten years was made. Reviews and case reports concerned about acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children were all collected and analyzed and data were extracted. Accordingly, the aim of this review is to highlight on the oral presentations of leukemia in children attending dental clinics and the management of its undesirable side effects.

KEYWORDS:

Dental; Pediatric; general dental practitioner; leukemia

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