The nature of the orthodontic patient base seeking treatment continues to grow. Many of these patients have significant medical conditions that may alter both the course of their oral disease and the therapy provided. One of the therapeutic responsibilities of the clinician includes identification of the patientís medical problems to formulate proper treatment plans. Thorough medical histories are of paramount importance. Practicing orthodontist should be well prepared to face the challenges in diagnosing and management of medically compromised patient. An orthodontist who is treating medically ill patient should be aware of basic nature of systemic disease and its consequences. Treatment plan should be modified according to impact of the particular disease in the oral cavity.
The purpose of this article is to review common medical conditions and associated guidelines of orthodontic management.
Key words: Medically compromised patient, orthodontic management.