Khat and oral white lesions

Khalif, Maryan (2013) Khat and oral white lesions. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Khat, qat or miraa are common names for Catha edulis, an evergreen plant of family Celastraceae that endemically grows in South-West Arabia and East Africa, where millions of local people habitually chew its fresh leaves and twigs for their stimulating, amphetamine-like effects. The objective of the literature review was to evaluate the literature that exists on the link between oral white lesions and Khat chewing.
    Online databases such as Wiley, Web of knowledge, Pubmed, Science direct were thoroughly searched Cross sectional and case control studies that investigated the oral manifestations of Khat chewing. 6 studies were put up for review. The studies were all consistent in their findings by suggesting that there was a marked link between Khat chewing and oral white lesions, however no link to cancer was found.
    In conclusion, the studies show a clear link between oral white lesions and Khat chewing, however due to some significant deficiencies such as poor methodological quality, no firm conclusions can be reached based on the findings of these studies.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 15:35
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13676

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