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Osteoradionecrosis and Cancer of the Head and Neck.Major Marshall B. Stewart, Medical Corps, Army of the United States (by invitation).
Osteoradionecrosis is almost unknown to the medical profession in general. It is caused by roentgen or radium therapy together with other factors, which will be discussed later. Since the advent of high voltage ("deep") roentgen ray therapy for the treatment of cancer and other diseases, osteoradionecrosis is more prevalent than one might be led to believe. The term osteoradionecrosis was first used by the French author Nageotte.In reviewing the literature, both domestic and foreign, one finds that only six specific articles have been written on this subject in the United States and Canada. The reports in foreign literature exceed that number by only a small margin. Most of the papers are reports of isolated cases. Although dentists do not include roentgen or radium therapy in their armamentarium, they are
TUCKER G, BURNS LJ, HEWSON W, FURLONG TF, WHELAN GL. COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF PHILADELPHIA, SECTION ON OTOLARYNGOLOGY, AND PHILADELPHIA LARYNGOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(4):403–410. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040417013
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