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Noma: Introduction

Noma: A rare disorder characterized by gangrenous sores that spread rapidly and usually start in the mouth or lips. It mostly occurs in undernourished children living in poor, unhygienic conditions. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Noma is available below.

Symptoms of Noma

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Noma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Prognosis for Noma

Prognosis for Noma: severe

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Definitions of Noma:

A severe gangrenous process occurring predominantly in debilitated and malnourished children, especially in underdeveloped countries. It typically begins as a small vesicle or ulcer on the gingiva that rapidly becomes necrotic and spreads to produce extensive destruction of the buccal and labial mucosa and tissues of the face, which may result in severe disfigurement and even death. Various bacteria have been implicated in the etiology. (Dorland, 27th ed) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Acute ulceration of the mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals; often seen in undernourished children - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Noma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Noma, or a subtype of Noma, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Noma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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