What the general dental practitioner needs to know about HPV-related oropharyngeal malignancy.
Watt-Smith, Stephen R
British dental journal
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Tailor, C., Eley, K. A., Hussain, F., Milford, C., McMillan, R., Hopper, C., & Watt-Smith, S. R. (2020). What the general dental practitioner needs to know about HPV-related oropharyngeal malignancy.. British dental journal, 229 (6), 355-360. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-2113-6
The rates of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma have continued to rise secondary to the increasing prevalence of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV related disease is typically found in younger patients who do not have the traditional risk factors for malignancy. General dental practitioners (GDPs) have the opportunity to examine patients regularly and may therefore have an opportunity to identify oropharyngeal malignancies at an early stage. However, many GDPs are unfamiliar with oropharyngeal anatomy, pathology and clinical examination. This review summaries the key points in identifying patients with oropharyngeal malignancy who necessitate urgent referral.
Humans, Papillomaviridae, Papillomavirus Infections, Oropharyngeal Neoplasms, Professional Role, Dentists, Alphapapillomavirus
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-2113-6
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