Unfinished root canal treatments linked with pneumonia
An infectious inflammatory disease of the lung, pneumonia is the most common fatal infection acquired in hospital, causing 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2011. Oral microorganisms are a possible cause of pneumonia and in a recent study Taiwanese researchers investigated the possible effects of unfinished root canal treatments on the risk of pneumonia hospitalisation. They found that patients with unfinished RCTs had a significantly higher risk of hospitalisation for pneumonia and the risk was most pronounced among patients who were middle aged. The authors of the research advise that endodontic treatments are completed once started to lessen the risk of pneumonia.
Lin P-Y, Chiang Y-C, Chou Y-J, et al. Association of unfinished root canal treatments with the risk of pneumonia hospitalisation. J Endod 2017;43:29-35.