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March 15, 2010

Statistics or Ethics? Decision to Treat Drooling

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Author Affiliation: Department of Oral, Craniomaxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.


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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(3):315-316. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.3

I read the meta-analysis on surgical treatments of drooling by Reed et al1 with considerable interest. I would like to comment on that article regarding ethical considerations.

Greater attention should be given to these ethical aspects in clinical service and/or future research when taking care of drooling patients.

Correspondence: Dr Pitak-Arnnop, Klinik und Poliklinik für Mund-Kiefer-und Plastische Gesichtschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig AöR, Nürnberger Strasse 57, 04103 Leipzig, Germany (

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