Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis of Mucositis

• Painful, erythematous ulcers develop on lips, cheeks, soft palate, floor of mouth

• Asses mucositis using validated scales, either oral mucositis assessment scale (OMAS), or University of Nebraska oral assessment score (MUCPEAK)

• Symptoms appear within 5 to 7 days after chemotherapy and resolve in 2 to 3 weeks

• Pain may affect ability to swallow and eat

• May have concomitant localized or systemic infection

• Diarrhea can lead to electrolyte imbalances

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