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November 27, 2002

Aspiration of a Dental Appliance in a Patient With Alzheimer Disease

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior Editor


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JAMA. 2002;288(20):2543-2544. doi:10.1001/jama.288.20.2543-JLT1127-5-1

To the Editor: Dental caries is associated with halitosis, poor cosmesis, and discomfort. Bacterial overgrowth in the oral cavity can lead to aspiration pneumonia or endocarditis in elderly patients.1,2 In the nursing home population, poor oral hygiene is common, with a 50% prevalence of dental caries.3 This report describes an unexpected consequence of dental caries in a demented patient.

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