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April 7, 1956

DRY MOUTH FOLLOWING ABDOMINAL VAGOTOMY

JAMA. 1956;160(14):1258. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490072023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I have lived with duodenal ulcer and its complications for half a century. I was subjected to a posterior gastroenterostomy in 1918. After a recent abdominal vagotomy I developed an almost intolerable and persistent dry mouth and a peculiar hoarse, croaking voice. The constant use of a steam inhalator, tincture of benzoin compound, and "nose drops" proved helpful, but the dryness continued. This condition was peculiar, in that it was not associated with thirst and not assuaged, except momentarily, by drinking water. Of the various expedients tried, it was found that chewing gum gave the most relief, the most effective measure being a small bit of gum held between the cheek and teeth. Now, after 10 months, the situation has improved about 50%. No physician or surgeon of my acquaintance has encountered such a syndrome. To me it seems strange that dryness of the mouth, such as

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