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Outcomes in patients visiting hospital emergency departments in the United States because of periodontal conditions.

Authors
  • Elangovan, Satheesh1
  • Nalliah, Romesh
  • Allareddy, Veeratrishul
  • Karimbux, Nadeem Y
  • Allareddy, Veerasathpurush
  • 1 Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Periodontology
Publisher
American Academy of Periodontology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2011
Volume
82
Issue
6
Pages
809–819
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1902/jop.2010.100228
PMID: 21138352
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Estimates from the NEDS suggest that a total of 85,039 hospital-based ED visits had a primary diagnosis for periodontal conditions. Close to $33.3 million was charged by hospitals for treating these conditions on an emergency basis. ED visits with a primary diagnosis for acute and aggressive periodontitis, covered by Medicare insurance, and comorbid conditions were more likely to result in hospitalization based on the analysis of the NEDS. However, when interpreting these conclusions, one should keep the limitations inherent to hospital discharge datasets in perspective.

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