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Insights from an awareness survey on oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF)


Harippriya Karthikeyan, Abilasha Ramasubramanian*, Visalakshi Ramanathan



Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077



Harippriya Karthikeyan - 151601027.sdc@saveetha.com; Phone: +91 9003103571; Visalakshi Ramanathan - visalakshirm.sdc@gmail.com; Abilasha Ramasubramanian - abilasha@saveetha.com; Phone: +91 9600191071; *Corresponding author


Article Type

Research Article



Received October 7, 2020; Revised October 27, 2020; Accepted October 27, 2020; Published December 31, 2020



Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF) is characterized by Juxta-epithelial inflammation with oedema, fibroblasts, neutrophil and eosinophil inflammatory infiltrate. Therefore, it is of interest to gain insights from an awareness survey on ORAL SUBMUCOUS FIBROSIS (OSMF). The sample size was 100 patients who had participated in this survey in Tamilnadu, India where 93% of the subjects used tobacco products. 81% of the patients were not aware of the malignancy caused by OSMF. A significant number of males use more tobacco than females (p value = 0.006 (<0.05) in the sample dataset. Thus, there is a need to create awareness on OSMF among the general population to combat the associated diseases.



Oral Submucous Fibrosis; patients; causes; treatment modalities; awareness



Karthikeyan et al. Bioinformation 16(12): 999-1006 (2020)


Edited by

P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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