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Hypersalivation (also called ptyalism or sialorrhea) is excessive production of saliva. It has also been defined as increased amount of saliva in the mouth, which may also be caused by decreased clearance of saliva.
Conditions that can cause saliva overproduction include:
- Pellagra (niacin or Vitamin B3 deficiency)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, in such cases specifically called a water brash, and is characterized by a sour fluid or almost tasteless saliva in the mouth
- Gastroparesis (main symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and reflux)
- Excessive starch intake
- Liver disease
- Serotonin syndrome
- Mouth ulcers[medical citation needed]
- Oral infections
Medications that can cause overproduction of saliva include:
- potassium chlorate
- rabeprazole sodium (Aciphex)
Toxins that can cause hypersalivation include:
Causes of decreased clearance of saliva include:
- Infections such as tonsillitis, retropharyngeal and peritonsillar abscesses, epiglottitis and mumps.
- Problems with the jaw, e.g., fracture or dislocation
- Radiation therapy
- Neurologic disorders such as myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, rabies, bulbar paralysis, bilateral facial nerve palsy, and hypoglossal nerve palsy.
In the palliative care setting; anticholinergics and similar drugs that would normally reduce the production of saliva causing a dry mouth could be considered for symptom management: scopolamine, atropine, propantheline, hyoscine, amitriptyline, glycopyrrolate.
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- Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. 2007
- Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. 2009
- Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3 ed. 2007
- thefreedictionary.com > sialorrhea Citing:
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Updated in 2009.
- Medscape > Hypersalivation By Erica Brownfield. Posted: 05/19/2004
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- thefreedictionary.com > water brash Citing: Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. 2007
- Medical Care of the Dying, 4th Edition, 2006, Edited by G.Michael Downing MD and Wendy Wainwright, MEd