Delayed and Non-Healing Wounds in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice- A Case Series

George Varghese

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala, Affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences, India.

Akhilesh Prathap

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala, Affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences, India.

R. S. Nidhin *

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala, Affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Wound healing is a physiological response to an injury. It is a very complex biological process. The oral cavity is a remarkable environment where healing often occurs without scar formation, even though oral cavity harbors millions of microbes. But instances of delayed or non-healing of wounds are common in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. A plethora of causes have been suggested by various authors to account for these phenomena.  Some of the common ones reported in the literature are the following [1]: old age, obesity, chronic diseases, vascular insufficiency, malnutrition, protein and vitamin deficiency, malignancy, anemia, stress, immune-deficiency, infection and deficient oxygen delivery to tissues. Underlying systemic conditions are often ignored or undetected by general practitioners and this influence wound healing significantly. This article presents a series of unusual cases of delayed/non healing wounds, which warrant the need of proper referral of such cases by general practitioners to tertiary care centres.

 

Keywords: Delayed, wound, non-healing


How to Cite

Varghese, G., Prathap, A., & S. Nidhin, R. (2022). Delayed and Non-Healing Wounds in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice- A Case Series. Asian Journal of Dental Sciences, 5(1), 242–250. Retrieved from https://journalajds.com/index.php/AJDS/article/view/86

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