Departmental Bulletin Paper Management of gingival hyperplasia associated with sore mucositis in an acute leukemia patient

Yoshida, Harushi  ,  Horai, Makiko  ,  Masunishi, Minoru  ,  Hata, Tomoko  ,  Nogami, Tomoyuki  ,  Ayuse, Terumi  ,  Imaizumi, Yoshitaka  ,  Miyazaki, Yasushi  ,  Ayuse, Takao

60 ( 3 )  , pp.129 - 133 , 2016-04 , Nagasaki University School of Medicine
Gingival enlargement is a prominent symptom in patients with myelomonocytic leukemia (AML-M4) and acute monocytic leukemia (AML-M5). Poor oral hygiene may aggravate the condition. However, patients are apt to avoid oral care out of fear of the pain and hemorrhage associated with the myelopoietic disorder. Here we report a case of a patient with AML-M4 in whom oral care intervention from an early stage improved the quality of life by relieving the pain associated with mucositis and gingival overgrowth aggravated by preceding periodontal lesions.

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