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Periodontal health influences stem cell transplant success

from medwireNews via The Medical News

Periodontal infection can increase the risk for developing bacteremia during the neutropenic phase of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, research suggests. Noting that the role of periodontal infection in influencing HSCT outcomes may have been underestimated, Judith Raber-Durlacher (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and team write: "The results of this study point to the importance of an oral evaluation before HSCT as well as interventions before and during HSCT to reduce the microbiological load (e.g., by periodontal treatment and meticulous oral hygiene measures) and thereby reducing gingival inflammation. more

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