Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

PEP Topic 
Mucositis
Description 

Cryotherapy refers to the use of ice chips or ice-cold water for the prevention of oral mucositis. Patients are to suck on ice or hold ice-cold water in their mouths prior to, during, and after rapid infusions of mucotoxic agents with a short half-life. Cryotherapy is based on the theory that vasoconstriction caused by the cold temperature decreases exposure of the oral cavity mucous membranes to the mucotoxic agents.

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