North American Journal of Medical Sciences

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 399--403

Prion diseases in humans: Oral and dental implications


P Jayanthi, Priya Thomas, PR Bindhu, Rekha Krishnapillai 
 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Annoor Dental College, Muvatupuzha, Kerala, India

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P Jayanthi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Annoor Dental College, Muvatupuzha, Kerala
India

Prion diseases are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by accumulation of abnormal prion proteins in the central nervous system. The prions resist conventional sterilization procedures especially when infected tissue becomes dried onto metal or glass surfaces. This article, a review of literature collected using Pubmed as search engine, describes the oral manifestations of prion diseases in addition to studying the possibility of cross contamination in the dental office. The article emphasizes the importance for dentists to be aware of these diseases, to identify the high-risk patients by obtaining adequate medical history and to know the appropriate deactivation procedures to be followed.


How to cite this article:
Jayanthi P, Thomas P, Bindhu P R, Krishnapillai R. Prion diseases in humans: Oral and dental implications.North Am J Med Sci 2013;5:399-403


How to cite this URL:
Jayanthi P, Thomas P, Bindhu P R, Krishnapillai R. Prion diseases in humans: Oral and dental implications. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 May 13 ];5:399-403
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