To determine if any correlation exists with incidence of
nutrient canals in subjects with underlying systemic
50 subjects were selected, which includes ten diabetic
subjects, tenhypertensive subjects, ten post-menopausal
women, ten periodontitis subjects,and ten subjects
without any underlying systemic illness as control
group.Radiovisiograph of all the patients was taken for
evaluation of nutrient canals.
Statistical analysis ofthe data was done using the
statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS 16.0)
using ANOVAanalysis. Differences were considered
significant when P ≤ 0.05.
Among50patients, 41 patientsshowed nutrient canals,
whereas ninepatients didn’t show nutrient canals. Seven
oftenpatients in Group I showed nutrient canals that
accounts to 70% prevalence, eightof ten patients in
Group IIshowed nutrient canals that account to 80%
prevalence, and eightof ten patients in control group
showednutrient canals that account to 80% prevalence
and eight of ten patients in group V showed nutrient
canals that account to 80% prevalence.
Incidence of nutrient canals (NC) in the periapical
radiograph can act as a supplemental diagnostic aid in
detection of underlying systemic conditions like
hypertension, diabetes mellitusand aiding the patient in
his/her overall health and treatment planning
Keywords : Nutrient canals; Diabetes;DiagnosticMarker;Hypertension;Systemic conditions.