Osteoradionecrosis of the jaw infected with Actinomyces sp: a challenge for clinical practice

Authors

  • Luciana Vieira Muniz Associação de Combate ao Câncer do Centro-Oeste de Minas
  • Rafael P. Lacerda Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei
  • Aline Lauda Freitas Chaves Hospital São João de Deus.
  • João Marcos Arantes Soares Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei
  • Tiago Johnston Leitão Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei
  • Leandro A Barbosa Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei
  • Helio Batista dos Santos Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei
  • Rosy Iara Maciel de Azambuja Ribeiro Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v31n1a2015-23254

Keywords:

Actinomycosis, osteoradionecrosis, osteonecrosis by bisphosphonates

Abstract

The Actinomyces sp has been linked to osteoradionecrosis of the jaw. The identification of these bacteria on histopathological findings confers a determining factor of poor prognosis and is related to difficulties of local control of bone necrosis and risk of recurrent infections. The treatment is complicated due to insidious growth pattern of Actinomyces sp. The methods for diagnosis and therapeutic approaches constitute challenges that underscore the need for understanding the risk factors for infection and knowledge about clinical conditions associated with this pathology. The objective of this study is to report two cases of cancer patients suffering from an osteoradionecrosis infection by Actinomyces sp, to describe approaches and discuss therapeutic options in the light of the current literature.

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Published

2015-01-06

How to Cite

MUNIZ, L.V., LACERDA, R.P., CHAVES, A.L.F., SOARES, J.M.A., LEITÃO, T.J., BARBOSA, L.A., DOS SANTOS, H.B. and RIBEIRO, R..I.M. de A., 2015. Osteoradionecrosis of the jaw infected with Actinomyces sp: a challenge for clinical practice . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 296–302. [Accessed4 December 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v31n1a2015-23254. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/23254.

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Health Sciences