Clinical Oral Investigations

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 113–115

Dental treatment prior to stem cell transplantation and its influence on the posttransplantation outcome

  • A. B. Melkos
  • G. Massenkeil
  • R. Arnold
  • P. A. Reichart
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00784-003-0209-4

Cite this article as:
Melkos, A.B., Massenkeil, G., Arnold, R. et al. Clin Oral Invest (2003) 7: 113. doi:10.1007/s00784-003-0209-4

Abstract

Patients who receive allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for hematological malignancies are at increased risk of developing oral complications. To reduce morbidity pretransplantation dental evaluation and treatment of all sources of potential infection have become standard of care for these patients. This study examined the effect of dental foci on the posttransplantation (post-SCT) outcome in two groups of patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous SCT: those who had no dental foci or completed dental treatment preoperatively (n=36) and those who underwent SCT without dental interventions (n=22). Statistical analysis showed no significant correlations between dental foci and infections, mucositis, and survival rate post-SCT. We therefore do not recommend a radical dental treatment pre-SCT.

Keywords

Stem cell transplantation Dental foci Dental evaluation and management Complications after stem cell transplantation Oral infections 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. B. Melkos
    • 1
  • G. Massenkeil
    • 2
  • R. Arnold
    • 2
  • P. A. Reichart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral Surgery and Dental Radiology, Campus Virchow, Faculty of MedicineHumboldt UniversityBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Campus Virchow, Faculty of MedicineHumboldt UniversityBerlinGermany

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