CHAPTER 24 Management of the Medically Compromised Patient: Hematologic Disorders, Cancer, Hepatitis, and AIDS
To achieve optimal oral health for the medically compromised patient, the dentist and physician must establish a close working relationship. Because of the complexity of many of these medical conditions additional treatment time may be needed to provide services. To minimize the risk for potential complications that may affect the physical health of medically compromised patients, an aggressive prevention-oriented program is required. Each patient presents a unique set of challenges to the dentist, but achieving a successful outcome can be a rewarding experience. This chapter discusses major medical conditions and their dental management.
The hemophilias are disorders of hemostasis resulting from a deficiency of a procoagulant. Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder affecting approximately 1 in 7500 males.1 Hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, is a deficiency of factor VIII, also known as antihemophilic factor. Factor VIII deficiency is the most common of the hemophilias and is inherited as an X-linked recessive trait. Therefore males are affected, females are carriers, and there is no male-to-male transmission. If a normal male has children with a carrier of hemophilia, there is a 50% chance that hemophilia will occur in each male offspring and a 50% chance that each female offspring will be a carrier. If a male hemophilic has children with a normal female, all male offspring will be normal, and all female offspring will be carriers. Hemophilia B, or Christmas disease, is caused by a deficiency of factor IX (plasma thromboplastin component) and is also inherited as an X-linked recessive trait. Factor IX deficiency is one-fourth as prevalent as factor VIII deficiency.2,3
Factor XI (plasma thromboplastin antecedent) deficiency, also referred to as hemophilia C or Rosenthal’s’ disease, is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, with male and female offspring equally affected. This disorder is most frequently observed in those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Other factor deficiencies, such as those of factors II, V, and XIII (one case per 1 million population) and factor VII (one case per 500,000 population) are rare and are inherited as autosomal recessive traits.4,5
Von Willebrand disease is a hereditary bleeding disorder resulting from an abnormality of the Von Willebrand factor (VWF) found in plasma, platelets, megakaryocytes, and endothelial cells. VWF circulates in conjunction with factor VIII and is important in platelet adhesion to the subendothelium via collagen and therefore in the formation of the primary platelet plug. In von Willebrand disease, the VWF may have a quantitative or qualitative abnormality. The VWF is composed of subunits called multimers. Von Willebrand disease is divided into subtypes based on the platelet and plasma multimeric VWF structure. Optimal treatment of this disorder is dependent upon the subtype.6
Impaired formation of the platelet plug may result in bleeding from the skin and mucosa, bruising, epistaxis, prolonged bleeding after surgical procedures, and menorrhagia (Fig. 24-1). This is in contrast to hemophilia involving deficiencies of factors VIII and IX, in which the hallmark bleeding events involve muscles and joints (Fig. 24-2).
Figure 24-1 Primary hemostatic response to vascular injury with evolution into secondary hemostasis. This figure shows the primary hemostatic response to vascular injury involving the endothelial cell and platelet; primary hemostasis leads to and is an integral part of secondary hemostasis involving coagulation factors, including Von Willebrand factor, factor VIII culminating in the generation of fibrin.
(With permission from CSL Behring and Robert Montgomery.)
Figure 24-2 Coagulation cascade. This figure shows the complex interplay between the plasma coagulation factors and the fibrinolytic pathway (plasminogen and end enzyme plasmin) responsible for clot lysis after healing. The importance of the role of the tissue factor pathway and cellular systems (platelets) in initiating physiologic hemostasis is highlighted. The factors deficient in hemophilia A and B (factors VIII and IX, respectively) are shown in relationship to their role in the coagulation pathway.
(Courtesy Anjali Sharathkumar.)
Patients with severe deficiency may experience frequent bleeding episodes, often occurring two to four times per month. Bleeding episodes may be spontaneous, without a specific history of injury or trauma. Common sites of bleeding include joints, muscles, and skin. Hemarthroses (joint hemorrhages) are common, and symptoms include pain, stiffness, and limited motion. Repeated episodes of hemarthroses or muscle hemorrhage result in chronic musculoskeletal disease and culminate in debilitating painful arthritis. Commonly affected joints include knees, elbows, ankles, hips, and shoulders. Pseudotumors (hemorrhagic pseudocysts) may occur in several locations including the jaw, in which case curettage is indicated.7,8
Patients with moderate deficiency experience less frequent bleeding episodes (approximately four to six times per year). However, if a target joint (a joint with repeated episodes of bleeding) develops in a patient with moderate deficiency, spontaneous bleeding may occur. Patients with mild deficiency bleed infrequently and only in association with surgery or injury. The diagnosis of a mild deficiency may occur when an abnormality is found during presurgical evaluation or when bleeding occurs in association with surgery or trauma. The dental care provider may be the first health care provider to identify a patient with mild deficiency as interventions or injury in the oral cavity may unmask a previously undiagnosed individual.
Mouth lacerations are a common cause of bleeding in children with all severities of hemophilia. Sonis and Musselman evaluated 132 patients with factor VIII–deficient hemophilia and noted that “persistent oral bleeding resulted in the diagnosis of 13.6% of all cases of hemophilia.”9 About 29% of cases of mild hemophilia observed were discovered as a result of bleeding from the oral cavity. Of the cases diagnosed secondary to oral bleeding, 78% were the result of bleeding from the maxillary frenum, and 22% resulted from tongue bleeds. Thus initial diagnosis of hemophilia, especially in moderate or mild disease, may directly involve the dentist.
The mainstay of therapy for hemophilia is replacement of the deficient coagulation factor, through the use of purified concentrates either manufactured through recombinant technology or from pooled plasma. In the past, whole blood, plasma, or cryoprecipitate was used for replacement therapy. Factor concentrates are advantageous as they are generally accessible, easily handled and stored, virally inactivated, and commonly result in consistent hemostatic results. The dosage, frequency of administration, and duration of therapy depend on the activity level required, the half-life of the procoagulant, the intervention or procedure contemplated, or the location and severity of the bleeding episode. The half-life of factor VIII is approximately 12 hours, whereas for factor IX it is approximately 18 hours.10
Factor VIII concentrate is used for treatment of hemophilia A. Vials of factor concentrate are labeled with the number of international activity units contained, where 1 IU is the amount of activity of the procoagulant present in 1 mL of normal plasma. For routine hemorrhagic episodes, such as early joint, soft tissue, and oral bleeds, a one-time correction to approximately a level of 40% to 50% will achieve hemostasis and resolution of the bleeding episode. For mild factor VIII–deficient hemophilia, DDAVP (1-deamino-8-d-arginine vasopressin) (Sanofi-Aventis, Bridgewater, NJ) may be used for minor hemorrhagic episodes to achieve hemostasis. DDAVP (desmopressin acetate) is a synthetic analogue of the natural pituitary hormone 8-arginine vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone) affecting renal water conservation. This drug, when given intravenously, subcutaneously, or intranasally (Stimate) causes a rise in factor VIII activity and VWF through release from stored sites in endothelial cells, often to the hemostatic range. An appropriate rise in factor VIII activity to hemostatic levels should be documented for any given patient before therapeutic use of this agent, because response may vary among individuals. Peak levels are obtained approximately 1 hour after administration via intravenous and subcutaneous routes and 90 minutes after administration intranasally. The intranasal form of this medication, which is used to treat patients with bleeding disorders, has a more concentrated form of DDAVP compared with the preparation used to treat diabetes insipidus or enuresis. Therefore this preparation should be written for brand name only or in conjunction with the stated concentration of 1.5 mg/mL of desmopressin acetate. Repeated administration of DDAVP may result in tachyphylaxis, a reduction in expected response with sequential dosing due to depletion of storage sites. Use of DDAVP to treat hemorrhagic disorders may also be associated with water retention, hyponatremia, and rarely seizures; therefore monitoring of electrolytes may be required in some circumstances, especially in surgical situations.11–13
Factor IX–deficient hemophilia is treated with purified coagulation factor IX concentrate (monoclonal and recombinant). In the past, less pure products in the class of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) were used. PCCs contained other vitamin K–dependent coagulation factors in addition to factor IX, including some activated forms of these procoagulants. Individuals who require high doses or repeated infusions of PCC are at risk for development of disseminated intravascular coagulation and thrombosis. The minimal desired level for hemostasis is the same for factor IX as for factor VIII (40%). However, the number of units required to achieve that level is different as the volume of distribution of plasma-derived factor IX (1.0) is greater than that for factor VIII (0.5). The volume of distribution of recombinant factor IX is greater than that of plasma-derived factor IX (estimated minimum volume of 1.2 compared with 1, respectively, whereas in infants and young children a minimum volume of distribution of 1.4 should be used for dose calculation). Because interindividual variability of volume of distribution is wide, measurement of activity levels may be required to document a hemostatic level.14–17
Clotting factor concentrates are administered in different regimens depending on the patient’s level of severity, number of bleeding episodes, and the treating physician’s recommendations. Treatment regimens may be divided into replacement therapy administered after a bleeding episode has occurred (on-demand therapy) or as administered on a regular scheduled basis to prevent or suppress bleeding episodes (prophylaxis). Prophylactic regimens are further subdivided into primary and secondary. Primary prophylaxis is a long-term treatment for prevention of joint disease instituted before or after minimal hemarthrosis has occurred; secondary prophylaxis may be long or short term, but is instituted after hemarthrosis has occurred or to interrupt a bleeding pattern to rest a joint. Primary prophylactic therapy has been shown in a prospective randomized study to be the most effective regimen to prevent joint disease in patients with severe hemophilia and is now considered the standard of care for these patients.18 Therefore dental care providers should schedule dental evaluations and interventions on regularly planned infusion days, whereas patients treated with on-demand regimens require discussion regarding the need to administer replacement therapy specifically for dental interventions. Patients using regimens of prophylaxis may have a central venous catheter placed due to the need for frequent venous access. The use of antibiotic prophylaxis to protect the central venous access device may be considered although is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (see Antibiotic Prophylaxis in the section on Dental Management).
Patients with von Willebrand disease should undergo subtyping to determine optimal therapy. DDAVP may be used to achieve hemostasis in most patients with type I von Willebrand disease, where type I VWD represents a quantitative VWF deficiency with intact multimers. When DDAVP is used, a test dose should be administered to document an adequate hemostatic response. For patients with less common subtypes of VWD, patients who do not respond to DDAVP, or patients for whom DDAVP is inappropriate, or in bleeding events for which DDAVP should not be used, other therapeutic modalities may be required, including replacement with exogenous intact VWF through the use of a concentrate. Interventions and therapeutic approaches should be discussed with a hemophilia-comprehensive treatment center.19,20
Female carriers of hemophilia A and B may have decreased levels of factors VIII and IX, respectively, that place them in the mild range of deficiency. It is recommended that all carriers of hemophilia have an evaluation to determine their baseline activity level specific to the type of hemophilia carried to determine bleeding risk. Women who are carriers of hemophilia should be treated as potential mild-deficient patients and their hematologist contacted to determine the baseline factor activity level and need for treatment before or after specific dental interventions.21,22
Inhibitors are antibodies that neutralize the replaced coagulation factor and are one of the most severe complications for patients. Inhibitors may develop in approximately 28% of patients with severe factor VIII deficiency and in 3% to 5% of patients with severe factor IX deficiency. The key to successful treatment of patients with inhibitors is accurate knowledge of the classification and level of the inhibitor. Patients with inhibitors are divided into two general groups, high responders and low responders, based on the past peak anamnestic response of the inhibitor titer. Inhibitor levels are measured in Bethesda units (BU), a measurement that reflects the ability of the antibody to neutralize a specific amount of procoagulant.23,24
Patients in the low-responding group have peak levels at any time less than 5 BU, and may continue to be treated with factor concentrate, whereas those in the highresponse group have peak titers greater than or equal to 5 BU and require use of bypassing products (either PCC, activated PCC, or recombinant factor VIIa). Hemophilic patients with inhibitors pose considerable treatment challenges and should be managed only in conjunction with a hemophilia-comprehensive treatment center, because hemostasis is often difficult to achieve or maintain.
Other complications of hemophilia include arthritis and degenerative joint disease secondary to recurrent bleeding.25 Blood-borne viral infections represent an important complication of treatment of these disorders and may have been transmitted via required blood or blood products. Hepatitis, including both B and C and resultant liver disease have been a significant source of morbidity and mortality in this patient population.26 The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has also been a major source of morbidity and mortality since approximately 1979. Before 1985, there was no antibody test for HIV and no consistent method of viral inactivation in the manufacture of factor concentrates. Therefore between 1979 and 1985, factor concentrates and blood products may have been contaminated with HIV. Approximately 90% of hemophilic patients with severe factor VIII deficiency and 30% of those with severe factor IX deficiency who received factor concentrate during the at-risk period may have become infected with HIV. HIV infection is a sensitive issue to these individuals, who may now bear the burden of two chronic conditions.27 Currently available treatments of factor concentrates made through recombinant technology or pooled plasma have effectively eliminated transmission of HIV and hepatitis B and C. Nevertheless, universal precautions should be followed when treating all hemophilic patients with a history of receiving either factor concentrate.
The risk for acquiring hepatitis B virus infection following an accidental stick with a needle used by a hepatitis B virus carrier ranges from 6% to 30%, far higher than the risk for transmission of HIV infection (less than 1%) following a stick with a needle used by an HIV-infected patient. Moreover, although HIV antibodies have been isolated in saliva and other body fluids, there is no evidence to suggest that HIV is easily transmitted through saliva alone.
A study by Klein and colleagues demonstrated a less than 0.5% occupational risk for HIV infection among dental professionals despite their infrequent compliance with recommended infection control precautions, frequent occupational exposure to persons at increased risk for HIV infection, and frequent accidental parenteral inoculations with sharp instruments.28 These data are reassuring but do not obviate the need for appropriate universal precautions with all patients.
With recent advances in treatment, most hemophilic patients can receive outpatient dental care routinely. With a thorough understanding of the patient’s hemostatic disorder, the dentist, in conjunction with the hematologist, is able to make safe and appropriate treatment decisions.
The dentist must be fully aware of the procedures that can be safely performed and those in which complications may arise. The dentist should confer with the patient’s physician and hematologist to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. The dentist should know the specific type of bleeding disorder, the severity of the disorder, the frequency and treatment of bleeding episodes, and the patient’s inhibitor status. Many individuals with hemophilia self-administer infusion products at home and are therefore able to treat themselves when required. The dentist should be prepared to discuss with the hematologist the type of anesthetic anticipated to be administered, the invasiveness of the dental procedure, the amount of bleeding anticipated, and the time involved in oral wound healing to help establish an appropriate treatment plan including the need for replacement and adjunctive therapies.29
Antifibrinolytic agents are an adjunctive therapy for dental management of patients with bleeding disorders and are important for prevention or treatment of oral bleeding. These agents include -aminocaproic acid (Amicar, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Florence, KY) and tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron, Pfizer, New York). Hemophilic patients form loose, friable clots that may be readily dislodged or quickly dissolved, especially in the oral cavity where local fibrinolysis is increased. Antifibrinolytics prevent clot lysis within the oral cavity. They are often used as an adjunct to factor concentrate replacement. For some dental procedures in which minimal bleeding is anticipated, they may be used alone.
In children, -aminocaproic acid is given immediately before dental treatment in an initial loading dose of 100 to 200 mg/kg by mouth up to a maximum total dose of 10 g. Subsequently, 50 to 100 mg/kg per dose up to a total maximum dose of 5 g is administered orally every 6 hours for 5 to 7 days. Alternatively, for patients of approximately adult size or heavier than 30 kg, a regimen of 3 g by mouth four times daily without a loading dose may be used. The advantage of -aminocaproic acid for children is that it is available in both tablet and liquid form.
The adult and pediatric dosage of tranexamic acid is 25 mg/kg given immediately before dental treatment. The same dose is continued every 8 hours for 5 to 7 days. The oral preparation of tranexamic acid is not available in the United States but the intravenous formulation is. The intravenous formulation may be administered orally if required.30
The common side effects associated with the use of antifibrinolytics include headache, nausea, and dry mouth. These side effects are usually tolerable and, unless severe, do not require discontinuation of the medication. Other less common side effects have also been reported. To avoid thrombosis, antifibrinolytics should not be used when renal or urinary tract bleeding is present or when there is any evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulation. Repeated use of PCC or bypassing products (activated PCC) in patients with inhibitors should also be avoided during a course of antifibrinolytic therapy because they may predispose to thrombotic episodes.
If patient apprehension is significant, sedation or nitrous oxide–oxygen inhalation analgesia may be considered. Hypnosis has also proved beneficial for some individuals. Intramuscular injections of hypnotic, tranquilizing, or analgesic agents are contraindicated due to the risk of hematoma formation. Analgesics containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory agents (e.g., ibuprofen) may affect platelet function and should be avoided. Acute pain of moderate intensity can frequently be managed using acetaminophen (Tylenol, McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Washington, PA). Propoxyphene hydrochloride (Darvon, aaiPharmp, Wilmington, NC), another analgesic, is acceptable for use in patients with hemophilia whereas Darvon Compound-65 contains aspirin and should be avoided. For severe pain, narcotic analgesics may be required and are not contraindicated in the hemophilic patient.
In the absence of factor replacement, periodontal ligament (PDL) injections may be used. The anesthetic is administered along the four axial surfaces of the tooth by placement of the needle into the gingival sulcus and the periodontal ligament space. Infiltration anesthesia can generally be administered without pretreatment with either -aminocaproic acid or replacement therapy. However, if the infiltration injection is into loose connective tissue or a highly vascularized area, then factor concentrate replacement to achieve a level of approximately 30% to 40% activity is recommended.
One must proceed with caution when considering block anesthesia. The loose, connective, nonfibrous, and highly vascularized tissue at the sites of inferior alveolar nerve injection and posterior superior alveolar injections are predisposed to development of a dissecting hematoma, which potentially may cause airway obstruction and create a life-threatening bleeding episode. Therefore a minimum of a 40% factor correction is mandatory with block anesthesia. The dentist must carefully aspirate to ensure that the needle has not entered a blood vessel. If there is bloody aspirate, further factor replacement may be required, and the attending hematologist should be notified immediately following the operative procedure. All patients should be observed for development of a hematoma and immediately referred for treatment in case hematoma forms after the administration of local anesthesia.
Most hemophilic patients can receive outpatient dental care routinely. Appointments should be arranged so that maximum treatment is accomplished per visit to minimize the need for unscheduled factor infusions and hence cost. Patients with inhibitors are best treated at a center with experience in dealing with this complication.31–33
A program that includes toothbrushing, flossing, appropriate topical fluoride exposure, and adequate systemic fluoride administration, as well as consumption of a proper diet and professional examination at regular intervals are effective measures that prevent dental problems. Rubber cup prophylaxis and supragingival scaling may be safely performed without prior factor replacement therapy. Minor bleeding can be readily controlled with local measures, such as direct pressure with a moistened gauze square. If bleeding persists for several minutes, the topical application of bovine thrombin,* microfibrillar collagen (Avitene, Medchem Products, Inc., Woburn, MA), and local fibrin glue may be of value.
Patients who require deep scaling because of gross calculus should initially undergo supragingival scaling. The tissue should be allowed to heal for 7 to 14 days, during which time the gingiva recede as edema and hyperemia diminish. Subsequent treatments to remove calculus and irritants therefore incur decreased bleeding risk from the tissue. If subgingival scaling is planned, replacement therapy may be considered, depending on the amount of anticipated bleeding and the severity of the factor deficiency. It is imperative that periodontal patients be placed on a maintenance schedule for proper management.34,35
An abnormal frenum attachment may cause gingival recession and pocket formation. Early treatment is indicated to prevent continued gingival recession and alveolar bone loss. All appropriate frenectomy techniques are surgically acceptable for hemophilic patients; both factor concentrate replacement and antifibrinolytic therapy are required before frenum or other periodontal surgery. If a large amount of bleeding is anticipated, these procedures should be performed in a hospital environment, with the requisite preparation. The hematologist or attending physician must be contacted to determine the appropriate factor correction required and the possible need for subsequent hospital management.
The patient with hemophilia should be allowed to consider the prospect of all restorative procedures. Most restorative procedures on primary teeth are successfully completed without factor concentrate replacement using PDL injections of local anesthesia or local infiltration. Small lesions may be restored using nitrous oxide–oxygen inhalation analgesia alone. The use of acetaminophen with codeine may also decrease discomfort in the child.
Most operative procedures for adults may also be completed using local infiltration of anesthetic, a procedure that usually does not require factor concentrate replacement. If a mandibular block or a posterior superior alveolar injection is anticipated, factor concentrate replacement to a level of 40% and antifibrinolytic therapy are required before injection. If factor concentrate replacement is required, all possible restorative treatment should be completed in one visit to minimize the number of infusions required to complete the restorative treatment plan.
A rubber dam should be used to isolate the operating field and to retract and protect the cheeks, lips, and tongue. These soft tissues are highly vascular, and accidental laceration may present a difficult management problem. A thin rubber dam is preferred because there is a decreased tendency to torque the rubber dam retainer and cause gingival tissue abrasion. The retainer should be placed carefully so that it is stable. If a retainer slips, it may lacerate the gingival papilla. Retainers with subgingival extensions should be avoided.
High-speed vacuum and saliva ejectors must be used with caution so that sublingual hematomas do not occur. Care must also be used in the placement of intraoral radiographic films, particularly in highly vascular sublingual tissues.
The preparation of a tooth for a cast crown requires caution in gingival preparation, as does placement of retraction cord and impression material. Periphery wax is used on the impression tray to prevent possible intraoral laceration during tray placement. Undue trauma should be avoided in cementing or finishing a crown.
At times, pulp exposures in primary and permanent teeth may be avoided if carious dentin is not entirely removed in one procedure (indirect pulp therapy). A pulpotomy or pulpectomy is preferable to extraction. The extraction of a tooth in an individual with hemophilia involves more complicated treatment and expense to the patient. Most vital pulpotomy and pulpectomy procedures can be successfully completed using local infiltration anesthesia. Nitrous oxide–oxygen inhalation analgesia may also help alleviate discomfort. If the pulp of a vital tooth is exposed, an intrapulpal injection may be used safely to control pain. Bleeding from the pulp chamber does not present a significant problem in that it is readily controlled with pressure from cotton pledgets. If pulp tissue is necrotic, local anesthetic is usually unnecessary.
Preoperative evaluation and postoperative management of the hemophilic patient undergoing extractions must be coordinated with the hematologist. The dentist should discuss with the hematologist the surgical procedure, including the anesthetic technique, the degree of anticipated surgical trauma, and the expected duration for healing. The hematologist can then determine the amount and duration of factor concentrate replacement and adjunctive therapies required for surgery and postoperative management. Today it is possible to perform oral surgery in the hemophilic patient on an outpatient basis.36,37 Requirements include an experienced dentist and hematologist, a facility available for the patient to receive infusions if home infusion is not performed, and a coagulation laboratory capable of timely needed laboratory evaluations. Patients with inhibitors should only be treated in a hospital setting by those experienced in their management.
For simple extractions of erupted permanent teeth and multirooted primary teeth, a 30% to 40% factor correction is administered within 1 hour before dental treatment. Antifibrinolytic therapy should be started immediately before or after the procedure and should be continued for 5 to 10 days. The patient should be placed on a clear liquid diet for the first 72 hours. For the next week, a soft, pureed diet is recommended. During this time, the patient should not use straws, metal utensils, pacifiers, or bottles. After 10 days, the patient may begin to consume a more normal diet. Specific postoperative instructions should be provided to the patient and parent. Factor concentrate is extremely costly, therefore all extractions should be completed in one appointment if possible.
After extractions are completed, the direct topical application of hemostatic agents, such as thrombin or microfibrillar collagen hemostat (Avitene), may assist with local hemostasis. The socket should be packed with an absorbable gelatin sponge (e.g., Gelfoam, Pharmacia and Upjohn Co., Kalamazoo, MI). Microfibrillar collagen or topical thrombin or fibrin glue may then be placed in the wound. Direct pressure with gauze should then be applied to the area.
Stomahesive (J. Knipper and Company, Inc., Lakewood, NJ) may be placed over the wound for additional protection from the oral environment. In general, the use of sutures should be avoided unless suturing is expected to markedly enhance healing, in which case resorbent sutures are recommended. The patient must be given specific and thorough postoperative instructions.
For surgical extractions of impacted, partially erupted, or unerupted teeth, a higher factor activity level may be targeted before surgery. This should be discussed with the hematologist, due to the increased likelihood of surgical trauma and a longer healing period. The hematologist may also elect to administer factor replacement to the patient postoperatively. Antifibrinolytic therapy should be started immediately before or after the procedure and continued for 7 to 10 days.
For simple extractions of single-rooted primary teeth (i.e., incisors and canines), one must evaluate the amount of root development present to determine whether factor replacement therapy is required. If there is complete root development, factor replacement therapy may be required, whereas if there is only partial root formation, antifibrinolytic therapy along with local hemostatic agents may be all that is required.
The normal exfoliation of primary teeth does not usually result in bleeding or require factor replacement. Bleeding in these circumstances can generally be controlled with direct finger and gauze pressure maintained for several minutes. The direct topical application of an adjunctive agent may also help with local hemostasis. If there is continuous slow bleeding, antifibrinolytic therapy may be initiated. In rare circumstances, most commonly when the gingival tissue is repeatedly traumatized during exfoliation, use of factor replacement therapy may be required. In this circumstance, dental evaluation should be performed and consideration given to removal of the exfoliating tooth if repeated trauma cannot be avoided.
Despite all precautions, bleeding may occur 3 to 4 days postoperatively when the clot begins to break down. Both systemic and local treatment should be used for hemostatic control. Sufficient replacement factor should be administered to control recurrent bleeding.
It is not prudent to protect a loose clot. The typical clot in this situation is characterized as a “liver clot” and is dark red, usually protruding from the surgical site, and often covers the surfaces of several teeth. Following adequate replacement with factor concentrate, usually to a 30% to 40% activity level, the abnormal clot should be removed and the area cleansed to help isolate the source of bleeding. The socket should then be repacked and use of antifibrinolytic agents considered.
Total joint replacement, usually of the hip or knee, is often performed in adult patients with severe hemophilia to restore function and alleviate pain associated with degenerative arthritis due to multiple hemarthroses. Antibiotic prophylaxis is required for patients with artificial joints before invasive dental procedures. The American Heart Association recommendations for bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis, last updated in 2007, are commonly followed. Antibiotic prophylaxis is no longer recommended for patients with central venous access devices, although each particular patient’s circumstance should be considered.38 If the patient is immunocompromised because of HIV infection, intravenous antibiotic prophylaxis may be considered.
Early recognition of an orthodontic problem is important, in that selective guidance can diminish or eliminate complex orthodontic problems. Both interceptive and full-banded orthodontics may be performed if required. Care must be taken in the adaptation and placement of bands and avoidance of protruding sharp edges and wires to prevent laceration of oral mucosa. Bleeding caused by an accidental scratch or minor laceration of the gingiva u/>