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View in Spanish: Gel de povidona-hialuronato sódico

Polyvinylpyrrolidone-sodium hyaluronate gel (PAH-lee-VY-nil-py-ROL-ih-done-SOH-dee-um HY-uh-LOO-roh-nayt )
A gel used to lessen pain from mouth sores caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy, oral surgery, braces, or disease. Polyvinylpyrrolidone-sodium hyaluronate gel is being studied in the treatment of pain caused by mouth sores in children receiving cancer treatment. It forms a thin layer over the surface of the mouth and throat to prevent irritation while eating, drinking, and talking. Also called Gelclair.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.