Periodontal infection in cancer patients treated with high-dose chemotherapy

  title={Periodontal infection in cancer patients treated with high-dose chemotherapy},
  author={Judith E Raber-Durlacher and Joel B. Epstein and John Raber and Jaap T. van Dissel and A. J. van Winkelhoff and H. Guiot and Ubele van der Velden},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
The infected and inflamed periodontium can act as a focus for systemic infection in neutropenic cancer patients. The incidence of these oral infections is unknown, but probably underestimated. Periodontal infections can easily be overlooked, primarily because symptoms of gingival inflammation may be minimal and the infection may be located in deeper parts of the periodontium. Assessment of a patient's periodontal condition before the onset of profound neutropenia is critical to the diagnosis… CONTINUE READING