What is osteoradionecrosis?
Osteoradionecrosis, as the name implies, is
a necrosis (“death”) of the maxillary bone or part of it, caused by radiation
from radiotherapy. It’s one of the most feared complications of head and neck
radiotherapy.When does it happen?
It happens in 5% of cases of people who
undergo radiotherapy in the head and neck region, and can also arise
spontaneously or after local trauma such as tooth extraction or implant
placement.What are the risk factors?
Poor oral hygiene
How is it manifest?
Osteoradionecrosis is manifest through:
Can it be prevented?
- very intense pain in the jaws
bone exposure inside the mouth
bone infection inside the mouth
Yes. “Prevention is the best treatment”.
Did you know that there is a set of measures that you should adopt for your
mouth before, during and after radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy treatment?
Can it be treated?
Yes. Although prevention is better than
treatment, when the condition is already established, the necrotic or “dead” bone
must always be removed, the most appropriate antibiotics must be used and we
now have new treatments that can be applied successfully.
If you want to carry out this monitoring
with us, please contact our team. We will do a multidisciplinary follow-up with
your oncology team, you and your family.