Oral mucositis manifests as inflammation and ulceration involving the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and throat. Potential signs and symptoms of oral mucositis include the following.
- Oral pain
- Ulcerative lesions
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Compromised airway (if severe enough)
The following are consequences of mucosal breakdown.
- Infection from pathogens crossing breaks in the mucosa
- Treatment delays or reductions
- Nutritional deficits