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Head Neck. 2016 Apr;38 Suppl 1:E1232-7. doi: 10.1002/hed.24198. Epub 2015 Aug 28.

Liposomal treatment of xerostomia, odor, and taste abnormalities in patients with head and neck cancer.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.



Smell and taste disorders, sicca symptoms, can be detected in patients with head and neck cancer. The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of local liposomal application in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancers.


Ninety-eight patients with head and neck cancer were included in this study. The groups were defined as: group 1 = only surgery; group 2 = surgery + adjuvant radiochemotherapy; and group 3 = primarily radiochemotherapy. All patients had finished cancer treatment and received liposomal sprays for the nose and mouth for 2 months (LipoNasal, LipoSaliva; Optima Pharmaceutical GmbH, Germany) and suffered from taste and smell disorders. We performed tests with "Sniffin' Sticks," "Taste Strips," and a xerostomia questionnaire before and after treatment.


After application of liposomes, patients demonstrated a statistically significant increase in smell and taste, and reduced xerostomia.


Our results demonstrate that using nonpharmaceutical liposomal sprays improve smell, taste, and symptoms of xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 38: E1232-E1237, 2016.


chemosensation; head and neck cancer; irradiation; sicca symptoms; smell and taste disorders; xerostomia

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