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Xerostomia induced by radiotherapy

Authors Alimi D

Received 6 May 2015

Accepted for publication 19 May 2015

Published 5 August 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 1149—1152


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

David Alimi

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

We read with great interest the excellent review on xerostomia induced by radiotherapy, by Pinna et al.1 The authors should be congratulated for a very detailed review of the physiopathology, clinical symptoms, and therapeutic management of an extremely difficult condition. Although we agree that the use of anticholinergic medication represents treatment, it requires the patient to have residual salivary gland function. Unfortunately, it is well established that in most cases radiotherapy destroys most of the salivary gland and associated salivary secretions.   

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