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A Systematic Review of Oxygen Therapy for the Management of Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ)

Sacco, R; Leeson, R; Nissan, J; Olate, S; Bettoni Cruz de Castro, CH; Acocella, A; Lalli, A; (2019) A Systematic Review of Oxygen Therapy for the Management of Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ). Applied Sciences , 9 (5) , Article 1026. 10.3390/app9051026. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) can be a life changing iatrogenic complication of antiresorptive and antiangiogenic drug therapy. It is most often associated with high doses of these medications that are used to prevent skeletal-related events in patients with cancer and bone pathologies. Unfortunately, managing MRONJ lesions has proven difficult and remains a major challenge for clinicians. Due to the lack of efficacy in treating MRONJ by surgical modalities (local debridement and free flap reconstruction), the nonsurgical management of MRONJ is still advocated to aid healing or avoid disease progression. The aim of this systematic review is to identify, analyse and understand the published evidence related to the success of oxygen therapies such as ozone (OT) and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) in treating MRONJ. Material and methods: A multi-database (PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and Cochrane CENTRAL) systematic search was performed by three authors. The identified articles were independently assessed for their risk of bias. Any type of study evaluating humans treated with antiresorptive and antiangiogenic drugs were considered. The aim is primarily to evaluate the success of OT and HBO in resolving MRONJ and secondarily to identify any improvements in quality of life (QoL), rate of complications, time-to-event and severity of side effects related to these treatments. Results: In total, just 13 studies were eligible for analysis. A pooled total of 313 patients (HBO group n = 82; OT group n = 231) described in these studies have shown good tolerance for oxygen therapies. Complete resolution of MRONJ was reported in 44.58% of OT patients but only 5.17% of the HBO group. Progression of MRONJ was reported only in the HBO studies in 10.34% of cases (6 patients). The quality of evidence was low or very low in all studies. This was due to limitations in how the studies were designed, run and reported. Conclusions: Based on the limited data available, it is difficult to suggest OT is better or worse than HBO or whether it is better than a placebo. As the level of evidence available is low, this necessitates larger well-designed trials to justify these interventions for patients affected by MRONJ.

Type: Article
Title: A Systematic Review of Oxygen Therapy for the Management of Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/app9051026
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/app9051026
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords: osteonecrosis; bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw; antiresorptive drugs; antiangiogenic drugs; ozone therapy; hyperbaric oxygen therapy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute > EDI MaxFac, Diagnostic, Med and Surg Sci
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074092
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