The Gastrointestinal System and Dental Practice
Cervical lymph node enlargement is most commonly caused by infection. Neoplasms (local or systemic) may also be responsible.
Peptic ulceration (related to infection with Helicobacter pylori) is a contraindication to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Care is also needed with steroid therapy which can lead to peptic ulcer bleeding.
Anaemia may occur secondary to blood loss from a gastrointestinal cause.
Vomiting after GA may occur in some gastric disorders leading to an inhalation pneumonitis. Gastric reflux may produce dental erosion.
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) is a symptom which should always be taken seriously.
- 11.British National Formulary. Online at http://bnf.org.