Noma: a neglected scourge of children in sub-Saharan Africa.

  title={Noma: a neglected scourge of children in sub-Saharan Africa.},
  author={Cyril O. Enwonwu},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  volume={73 4},
Poverty is the single most important risk indicator for noma (cancrum oris), a severe gangrene of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, face, and neighbouring areas. The risk factors associated with an increased probability of noma developing include the following: malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, and a state of debilitation resulting from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, measles, and other childhood diseases prevalent in the tropics. There are many similarities between noma and… CONTINUE READING
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