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Chapter 24 - The Oral Cavity of the Elder

Aging, Disease, Falls, and Inflicted Trauma

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 July 2020

Kim A. Collins
Affiliation:
LifePoint Inc, South Carolina
Roger W. Byard
Affiliation:
University of Adelaide
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Summary

To thoroughly examine the elder, either clinically or at autopsy, the oral cavity must be included. The teeth, gingiva, palates, tongue, lips, frenula, and lingual and buccal mucosa can often convey a great deal of information about the decedent’s overall health as well as current illnesses. Immunological abnormalities, endocrinopathies, dehydration, hematological disorders, malignancies, malnutrition, neglect, and diabetes mellitus are but a few of hundreds of entities that have oral manifestations.

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