Assessment of the frequency and correlation of carotid artery calcifications and pulp stones with ıdiopathic osteosclerosis using digital panoramic radiographs
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Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the correlation of carotid artery calcifications (CACs) and pulp stones with idiopathic osteosclerosis (IO) using digital panoramic radiographs (DPRs) to determine whether pulp stones or IO might be possible indicators of the presence of CACs. Methods: In total, DPRs of 1207 patients (645 females and 562 males) taken within 2018 were retrospectively evaluated to determine the prevalence of CACs, pulp stones and IO according to age and sex. Statistical analysis was performed using chi-square test and Fisher’s exact chisquare test. Results: In total, 287 (23.8%) patients had at least one pulp stone, and 64 (5.3%) patients had CACs. The negative/negative (-/-) status of CACs/ pulp stones was significantly higher in the 18–29 years age group than in the 30–39, 40–49, 50–59 and ≥60 years age groups (p0.05). Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, pulp stones were not found to be diagnostic indicators of CACs. However, the presence of IO might be a risk factor for CACs.
SourceClinical and Experimental Health Sciences
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