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General E.N.T.
October 1962


Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(4):369-371. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050379014

Xerostomia, which is the affection of aptyalism marked by a symptom of dryness of the mouth, may occur in such various conditions as the lack of body fluids, emotional disturbance, anemia, diabetes, etc. But it is a group of 37 cases of idiopathic xerostomia, treated in our outpatient clinic, that we want to deal with in the present paper. It is a rare condition and, once established, it is permanent. The cause is not known.

The diagnosis of idiopathic xerostomia, which may be glandular, psychoneurotic, or secretory nervous in origin, may appropriately be differentiated by such tests as determination of the resting and active saliva, analysis of the saliva, sialography, inspection of the oral cavity, and other general physical examinations. The procedure and combination of the examinations mentioned above is shown in Table 1.

Measurement of the resting saliva as well as inspection of the oral cavity must be said

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