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ISRN Hematology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 823926, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Late Effect of the Cervical Irradiation on Periodontal Status and Cariogen Flora in Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

13rd Department of Institute for Internal Medicine, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
2Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
3Faculty of Dentistry, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
4Institute of Microbiology, Medical and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary

Received 12 December 2010; Accepted 13 January 2011

Academic Editor: A. Bosly

Copyright © 2011 Zsófia Simon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cervical radiotherapy may leads to elevated caries risk in Hodgkin-lymphoma (HL) patients. Our aim was to estimate the late effect of cervical irradiation on periodontal status in HL patients. Patients filled out query-form, their clinical data were collected, periodontal status was examined, decayed-missing-filled-teeth and periodontal-indexes were calculated. We examined 68 patients who received, 64 patients who did not received cervical radiotherapy and 51 control person. 23.5% of cervical irradiated, 18.15% of not irradiated patients and 17.64% of controls had subjective xerostomia, but it was not objective by sialometry. Mean decayed-missing-filled-teeth-index was 22.53 among irradiated, 21.54 among not irradiated patients while it was 17.23 in control group. Periodontal index was 2.47, 2.42, and 2.14 in different groups. Difference between decayed-missing-filled-teeth indexes of irradiated patients and controls was significant. We have to emphasize the importance of prevention and closer dental observation of HL patients.