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Oral viral infections 

Oral viral infections
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Oral viral infections
Author(s):

Deborah Lockhart

and Jeremy Bagg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199543588.003.0020
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date: 22 October 2019

Chapter 20 discusses oral viral infections, which are a significant cause of morbidity amongst cancer patients, resulting in both oropharyngeal symptoms (e.g. pain), and systemic symptoms (e.g. malaise). Atypical presentations may be seen in immunocompromised patients. Usually, these infections represent a reactivation of latent viruses, although de novo infections may also occur in this group of patients. The oral cavity provides a potential portal for systemic dissemination (with resultant morbidity/mortality).

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