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, 125 (3), 149-55

Phenytoin-induced Gingival Overgrowth


Phenytoin-induced Gingival Overgrowth

R Arya et al. Acta Neurol Scand.


Gingival overgrowth is a common adverse effect of therapy with Phenytoin, having important medical and cosmetic implications. Poor periodontal hygiene is an important risk factor for severity of Phenytoin-induced gingival overgrowth (PIGO), which is a time-dependent process. There is complex interplay of altered fibroblast biology, connective tissue turnover, inflammatory processes, and growth factors on a background of genetic susceptibility to produce increase in various components of interstitial matrix in PIGO tissue. Treatment options have included change of PHT to another anti-seizure drug, measures to improve periodontal hygiene and gingivectomy. There is conclusive evidence that folic acid supplementation significantly decreases the incidence of PIGO.

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