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Mucositis: New therapies for an old complication?

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mucositis Mucositis is commonly seen in high dose chemotherapy protocols for hematologic malignancies (ie conditioning or induction regimens for leukemia), or aggressive chemo-radiation for head and neck cancers. It is a term physicians use to describe a wide range of oral complications related to cancer treatment.This may include redness, pain, ulceration, swelling and surface lesions (pseudomembrane, hyperkeratosis, lichenoid lesions). The World Health Organization has proposed a grading scale for mucositis:

Grade 0= no change
Grade 1= soreness
Grade 2= erythema (redness), ulcers, can eat solids
Grade 3= ulcers, requires a liquid diet
Grade 4= severe ulcers prohibiting oral intake

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