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Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry

Edited by Anton Sculean, Poul Erik Petersen, Avijit Banerjee

ISSN (print) 1602-1622 • ISSN (online) 1757-9996

Publication:

Winter 2014
Volume 12 , Issue 4



Pages: 313-321
PMID: 24914431
DOI: 10.3290/j.ohpd.a32134
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Hepatitis C Virus and Dental Health Workers: An Update

Garbin, Cléa Adas Saliba / Souza, Neila Paula de / Vasconcelos, Romes Rufino de / Garbin, Artênio José Isper / Villar, Lívia Melo

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a worldwide health problem, affecting over 130 million individuals. The virus is transmitted parenterally, making health care professionals a risk group for infection. For this reason it is important that dental health-care workers recognise the symptoms of the infection, which can be present in the oral cavities of hepatitis C-infected individuals. Moreover, dental health-care workers should know how to manage hepatitis C-infected individuals during dental treatment and the measures to prevent nosocomial spread of HCV. Thus, the purpose of this study was to perform a review of HCV epidemiology, natural history, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and prevention focusing on oral manifestations in and dental management strategies for HCV-infected individuals.

Keywords: hepatitis C virus, dentistry, dental health workers, oral health

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