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Paediatric problems

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/9780192632432.003.0018
Paediatric problems

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Although there are several common features, there are also many major differences between adult and paediatric palliative care. Children in palliative care will have non-malignant disease and will have long-term requirements as compared to adults. They also have a different perception of their disease, death, and their social functioning. This chapter aims to view and describe all the oral problems associated with common paediatric life-limiting conditions. It discusses the oral care requirements of children with life-limiting conditions as well as the oral complications caused by malignant disease, HIV, and the complications posed by organ transplantation. Included as well in this chapter are the oral problems caused by other non-malignant diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystropy, and cerebral palsy.

Keywords: paediatric palliative care; children; oral problems; life-limiting conditions; paediatric

Chapter.  3070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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