Vol 26, No 1 (2021)
Technical note
Published online: 2021-01-22

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Management of intraoral stents for radiotherapy during COVID-19 pandemic

Aljomar José Vechiato Filho1, Karina Morais Faria1, Maria Cecília Querido de Oliveira1, Ariadne Padilha de Andrade1, Ana Carolina Prado-Ribeiro12, Alan Roger Santos-Silva2, Alvin G. Wee3, Thais Bianca Brandão1
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2021;26(1):159-161.

Abstract

Radiotherapy is being performed in many situations as a curative approach for head and neck cancer instead of surgery due to the current novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A recent publication reported that even hypofractionation was being conducted in order to reduce the daily exposure of both patients and the medical staff involved in cancer therapies. As a result, dental teams may be requested more frequently than usual to fabricate intraoral stents (IOS). Given that IOS may be a potential source of COVID-19 contagion, the main purpose of the present correspondence is to offer a guide on how health professionals may be safely presented in the room, on the management of the IOS and also how to sanitize the stents.   

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