Mucositis: Prevention and Management
Mucositis is defined as inflammation of mucosa as a result of damage to the mucosal lining. Oral erythema, ulceration, and pain are the chief characteristics. It is one of the commonest side effects of radiotherapy (RT) and/or chemotherapy (CT) and is also seen in patients receiving bone marrow transplantation. The severity and duration may vary from patient to patient and may depend on the type and dose of cancer therapeutic agents used .
Patient with stage 1 V carcinoma of the supraglottis on chemoradiotherapy, 5th week showing grade III mucositis (confluent ulcerations or pseudomembranes; bleeding with minor trauma, severe pain; interfering with oral intake; note the feeding tube) (MP4 56272 kb)
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