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Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF)

In India, OSMF has become rampant due to adverse habits of betel nut (supari) or kharra or betel quid (paan) chewing, smoking and chewing tobacco. This disease most commonly manifests as reduced mouth opening and burning sensation in the mouth on eating hot or spicy foods. Apart from this, vesicles may erupt on the inside of the cheeks, the tongue, palate and cheeks may appear pale and there may also be difficulty in swallowing in the advanced stage of the disease.

Not all patients require surgery for OSMF. Only those patients who are in moderate to advanced stage of disease need surgery. Hence diagnosing the extent of disease plays a critical role in the management. Surgery improves the function in terms of increased mouth opening.

We have a specific protocol for treating OSMF which has given good results till date.

We consider that one of the most important prerequisites for surgery is the willingness to stop the addiction and the readiness for vigorous post-operative physiotherapy so that desired results can be achieved.

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