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Volume 26 , Issue 6
November/December 2013

Pages 574-576

Occlusion and Weight Change in a Patient After Esophagectomy: Success Derived from Restoration of Occlusal Support

Reiko Yamanaka, DDS, PhD/Yoshihiko Soga, DDS, PhD/Mami Minakuchi, DDS/Kumiko Nawachi, DDS, PhD/Takayuki Maruyama, DDS, PhD/Takuo Kuboki, DDS, PhD/Manabu Morita, DDS, PhD

PMID: 24179973
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3622

Occlusal support may be an important factor affecting nutritional support after major surgery. This report presents a patient who gained body weight after receiving a new prosthesis. The patient was an 82-year-old man with thoracic esophageal carcinoma. He did not have occlusal support because of multiple caries lesions. His body weight slowly increased after surgery, but almost stopped in the period of 54 to 68 days after surgery. After treatment with dentures (day 72 postsurgery), body weight gain was observed again, although his medical treatment had not changed. An appropriate prosthesis could contribute to perioperative nutrition support and may lead to earlier recovery after surgery. Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:574576. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3622

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