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Oral pain

Andrew Davies and Ilora Finlay

in Oral Care in Advanced Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192632432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632432.003.0012
Oral pain

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This chapter discusses oral discomfort or oral pain which is often associated with xerostomia or with other oral complications. Oral discomfort/pain is common in patients receiving special palliative care, with prevalence of 16–55 percent. It is a significant cause of morbidity in patients with advanced diseases. Oral discomfort can affect physical activities such as eating and drinking as well as psychological outlook such as low mood and depression. To treat and manage oral pain, several methods are available such as treatment of the underlying cause, symptomatic treatment, and neurosurgical techniques. Topical treatments form the core of this chapter. The topical medications examined here are topical local anaesthetics, topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other topical analgesics.

Keywords: oral discomfort; oral pain; xerostomia; topical treatments; topical medications

Chapter.  4536 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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