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Oral Oncol ; 108: 104821, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-753019


Outbreak pneumonia announced in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, had its causative factor classified as a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Since saliva can host several viruses including SARS-CoV-2, the transmission chance of viruses through saliva, particularly those causing respiratory infections, is unavoidable. COVID-19 can be detected through salivary diagnostic testing which has lots of advantages for medical care professionals and patients. It should be noted that not only does saliva offer an ecological niche for the colonization and development of oral microorganisms, but it also prevents the overgrowth of particular pathogens such as viral factors. The aim of this study is to gather all the information about saliva and its association with COVID-19 for the whole health care professionals across the world.

Betacoronavirus/metabolism , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Saliva/immunology , Saliva/virology , Sialadenitis/diagnosis , Aged , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , Betacoronavirus/genetics , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Dental Care , Dentists/psychology , Diagnostic Tests, Routine/methods , Female , Humans , Immunity, Innate , Infection Control/methods , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Patient Safety , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/metabolism , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Practice Patterns, Dentists' , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , SARS-CoV-2 , Salivary Gland Neoplasms/diagnosis , Salivary Glands/metabolism , Salivary Glands/virology , Salivary Proteins and Peptides/immunology , Sialadenitis/virology , Telemedicine/methods , Xerostomia
Clin Nucl Med ; 45(8): 654-655, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-325585


An 87-year-old man with primary salivary duct carcinoma and hepatic metastases was referred for restaging. F-FDG PET/CT demonstrated new FDG-avid ground-glass opacities with intralobular septal thickening in both lungs with a peripheral dominant distribution. This was interpreted as a pattern highly suggestive of COVID-19 pneumonia, and the referring physician was contacted. The patient was currently asymptomatic and without clinical evidence of active pneumonia. However, the patient tested positive for COVID-19 using real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. This case demonstrates that even asymptomatic outpatients undergoing PET/CT should be evaluated for radiologic findings suggestive of COVID-19 during this pandemic.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/diagnostic imaging , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnostic imaging , Salivary Gland Neoplasms/complications , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 , Humans , Laboratories , Male , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography , SARS-CoV-2 , Salivary Ducts