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Dental Considerations for Leukemic Pediatric Patients: an Updated Review for General Dental Practitioner

Kholoud A. Lowal, Nader Ahmed Alaizari, Bassel Tarakji, Waleed Petro, Khaja Amjad Hussain, Mohamed Abdullah Alsakran Altamimi.

Abstract
The early signs of leukemia can usually manifest in the oral cavity due to infiltration of leukemic cells or due to associated decline in normal marrow elements, especially in the acute phase of leukemia, as common lesions at this stage of the disease can be screened and diagnosed by the dentist. Therefore, the dental community should be aware of the oral manifestations of leukemia and oral complications of anticancer treatment. This can eliminate the oral symptoms of the disease and to improve quality of life for these patients. An extensive search in PubMed line using a combination of terms like “leukemia, children, dental, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, pediatric” for last ten years was made. Reviews and case reports concerned about acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children were all collected and analyzed and data were extracted. Accordingly, the aim of this review is to highlight on the oral presentations of leukemia in children attending dental clinics and the management of its undesirable side effects.

Key words: Dental, leukemia, Pediatric, general dental practitioner.



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