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Monday, October 11, 2010

SUBMANDIBULAR GLAND TRANSPLANT PROVIDES LONG-TERM RELIEF FROM DRY EYE

Long-Term Follow-up after Submandibular Gland Transplantation in Severe Dry Eyes Secondary to Cicatrizing Conjunctivitis

Cicatrizing conjunctivitis causes severe dry eye symptoms, making frequent use of artificial tears necessary. Submandibular transplantation is a procedure that enables increased secretion of salivary tear film. This study compared long-term results of salivary gland transplantation with those of no transplantation and determined that the procedure provides long-term relief from pain and reduces the need for frequent installation of ocular lubricants.

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