Radiotherapeutic effect on oropharyngeal flora in head and neck cancer

M. Panduranga Kamath, Mahesh Chandra Hegde, Suja Sreedharan, D. K. Sahni, K. Padmanabhan

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Abstract

The effect of radiotherapy on oropharyngeal bacterial and mycotic flora was studied. Thirty five patients were included from whom swabs were taken before and at the end of irradiation. Fifteen controls were included. It was found that Streptococcus pneumoniae was significantly decreased at end of irradiation, while there was an increase in Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, Bacterioides and Candida species. There was no change in culture and sensitivity pattern prior to and after radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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