Background: There are various types of oral mucosa specific to different parts of themouth and each of these has a unique histological structure. The variations inthe epithelial structure are consistently related to observable differences in theunderlying microcirculation: i.e. differences in the course, conformation, anddensity of capillaries. The aim of this research has been to investigate oralmicrocirculatory differences between men and women as well as between variousage groups, in order to map the oral mucosa, and to highlight changes occurringduring aging.Methods: A total of 45 healthy subjects were enrolled for this study (12 men and 33women; mean age 60.37; range 30–82). A complete in-vivo videocapillaroscopicmapping of the oral mucosa was done on each subject.Results: The capillaroscopic patterns of the various areas differ particularly in thecourse of the loops in relation to the mucosal surface. On the basis of statisticalanalysis of the collected data, it emerges that there are many differences incapillary loop density between men and women and between different age groups.Conclusion: This study demonstrates the necessity of approaching the investigationof patient microcirculation in different ways depending on sex or age.
|Numero di pagine||8|
|Rivista||Annals of Anatomy|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology