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Acta Odontol Scand. 2012 May;70(3):251-4. doi: 10.3109/00016357.2011.640285. Epub 2012 Feb 27.

A comparison of two clinical methods for measuring saliva in patients with Sjögren's syndrome.

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Department of Clinical Dentistry - Cariology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen, Norway. ann-katrin.johansson@iko.uib.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the present study was to evaluate two different ways of measuring unstimulated and stimulated whole salivary output in the dental clinic, namely by volume (mL/min) and by weight (g/min).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Thirty-one patients diagnosed with Secondary Sjögren's syndrome (SSS) participated in the study.

RESULTS:

The results showed a large discrepancy between the measurements performed by volume and by weight (p < 0.001) and additionally when taking into account density calculation, especially in individuals with low salivary secretion rate.

CONCLUSION:

It is suggested that weight measurement of saliva should be more routinely implemented, especially in patients with reduced salivary secretion.

PMID:
22364259
DOI:
10.3109/00016357.2011.640285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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