Role of irradiation in the suppression of parotid secretions

J Laryngol Otol. 1989 Jun;103(6):594-5. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100109430.


Suppression of salivary flow is of value in the management of salivary fistulae and sialectasia. It may also be beneficial in mentally defective patients and those with neurological palsies lacking control of their salivation. Nine patients were treated by irradiation to the parotid gland to control salivary flow; eight had complete resolution of symptoms and one had partial relief. Irradiation was effective as primary treatment and after failed surgery and/or drug treatment. Low doses were effective and there were no significant acute or long-term side effects. Its use avoids long-term medication and their potential side effects and may reduce the need for surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parotid Diseases / radiotherapy
  • Parotitis / radiotherapy
  • Salivary Gland Fistula / radiotherapy
  • Sialorrhea / etiology
  • Sialorrhea / radiotherapy*