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Mucositis is the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract, usually as an adverse effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Mucositis can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but oral mucositis refers to the particular inflammation and ulceration that occurs in the mouth. Oral mucositis is a common and often debilitating complication of cancer treatment. Oral and gastrointestinal (GI) mucositis affects almost all patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), 80% of patients with malignancies of the head and neck receiving radiotherapy, and a wide range of patients receiving chemotherapy. Alimentary tract mucositis increases mortality and morbidity and contributes to rising health care costs.
Related Journals of Mucositis
Research and Reports in Medical Sciences, Chemotherapy: Open Access, Trauma & Treatment, Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta, Oncology & Cancer Case Reports, The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, British Dental Journal, Australian Dental Journal