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Dental Care of the Homebound Patient with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Version 1 : Received: 29 July 2020 / Approved: 31 July 2020 / Online: 31 July 2020 (14:02:48 CEST)

How to cite: Spivack, E. Dental Care of the Homebound Patient with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Preprints 2020, 2020070754 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0754.v1). Spivack, E. Dental Care of the Homebound Patient with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Preprints 2020, 2020070754 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0754.v1).

Abstract

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling condition affecting millions of adults and children worldwide. Despite the development of multiple criteria sets for defining this disorder, agreement on the core symptoms and other implications of ME/CFS point to the importance of understanding their role in oral health care. Overall, care for the homebound and bedbound population with ME/CFS issues has been under-addressed in the literature to date and there has been little consideration of the oral health needs of this population. Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of dental concerns may be hindered by many of the diverse symptoms of ME/CFS. The present paper utilizes the International Consensus Criteria (ICC) in discussing treatment considerations for the most severely affected patients with ME/CFS, both in oral evaluation and active care. While no specific dental pathology is linked to ME/CFS, proper care for the patient so affected must take into account the disorder’s symptoms and severity.

Subject Areas

ME/CFS; dentistry; interdisciplinary care; oral health

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