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Preradiotherapy dental extractions and health-related quality of life

Published:August 06, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2016.07.020

      Objective

      The aim of this study was to investigate the connection between preradiotherapy dental extractions and self-reported health-related QoL.

      Study Design

      Retrospective data on patients treated with radiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer were pooled with the results of a cross-sectional survey.

      Results

      Greater than eight preradiotherapy dental extractions, p16 negative status, female gender, and positive smoking status were associated with statistically significant reduced QoL.

      Conclusions

      Preradiotherapy dental extractions do not result in improved QoL and, in fact, may worsen it.
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