Signs & Symptoms Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Osteoradionecrosis
Signs and Symptoms

Many people don't experience symptoms for months or even years after radiation treatment. Symptoms are usually identified after a subsequent dental surgery or other major procedure in head and neck cancer survivors.

Certain factors increase the risk of developing osteoradionecrosis, such as receiving both radiation and chemotherapy, smoking during treatment, and the location and size of the tumor being treated.

Symptoms include:

  • Limited range of motion of jaw
  • Pain that occurs at rest
  • Jaw or facial swelling
  • Exposure of the mandible or maxilla, which are the upper and lower jaw

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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