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Title: The effect of chewing gum on oral mucositis in children receiving chemotherapy
Authors: Ayverdi, Didem
Ekim, Ayfer
Ocakci, Ayse Ferda
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Cancer in children;Chewing gum;Medical personnel;Παιδιά;Μάσημα τσίχλας;Νοσηλευτικό προσωπικό;Στοματική μυκητίαση;Oral mucositis
Subjects: Medicine
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 20-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background: Oral mucositis is an important clinical problem, resulting in significant patient morbidity, a change in health-related quality of life, and supportive care. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficiency of chewing gum on children, who are receiving chemotherapy regimens, for prevention and treatment of oral mucositis. Method and Material: The study sample consisted of 60 children (30 study group-30 control group) between the ages 6-18 years. All the children have received chemotherapy at least once. Study group children chewed non-sugar gums three times a day at least 20 minutes during 10 days. In oral assessment, WHO Oral Mucositis Assessment Scale and Eilers’ Oral assessment Guide was used and also salivary pH measurement was done. Results: The rate of children who was assessed as Grade 1 and Grade 2, decreased 46.1% in study group and this rate decreased to 20.8% in the control group. At the beginning of the study, 13.3% of the study group children were assessed as Grade 3 but at the end of the study none of the children were observed at Grade 3. Also, statistically significant difference was found between study and control groups’ pH values. Conclusion: The results of that study show new evidence about preventing and decreasing severity of oral mucositis for the children, receiving chemotherapy.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Ayverdi, D., Ekim, A. & Ocacki, A. (2014) The effect of chewing gum on oral mucositis in children receiving chemotherapy. “Health Science Journal”. 8 (3). p. 373-382.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 8, τεύχος 3 (Ιουλ. - Σεπ. 2014)

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