Radiation-associated carotid artery atherosclerosis: case report and review of contemporaneous literature.

@article{Friedlander2009RadiationassociatedCA,
  title={Radiation-associated carotid artery atherosclerosis: case report and review of contemporaneous literature.},
  author={A. H. Friedlander and Maria Federico and Ronald H Yueh and Keith M. Norman and Eva E. Chin},
  journal={Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 2},
  pages={
          75-9
        }
}
Radiation therapy (RT) is a component of the treatment of patients with head and neck malignancies. This therapy may damage the nearby carotid arteries, thereby initiating or accelerating the atherosclerotic process (atheroma formation). Dentists treating patients who have been irradiated should examine the patient's panoramic radiograph for evidence of atheroma-like calcifications, which appear 1.5 to 2.5 cm posterior and inferior to the angle of the mandible. Patients with evidence of such… CONTINUE READING
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