Clinical Prevalence Of Drooling In Infant Cerebral Palsy

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Mariana Carolina Morales Chávez 1, Zacy Carola Nualart Grollmus 2, Francisco Javier Silvestre Donat 3
(1) Specialist in Pediatric and Adolescent Odontology. Master in Hospital Odontology and Special Patients
(2) Specialist in Pediatric Odontology. Master in Hospital Odontology and Special Patients
(3) Assistant Professor of the Department of Stomatology, Valencia University. Head of the Stomatology Unit, Dr. Peset University Hospital, Valencia. Director of the Master in Hospital Odontology and Special Patients. Valencia (Spain)

Objective: To determine the prevalence and severity of drooling in infant cerebral palsy (ICP) and analyze the possible
surgical, pharmacological, myofunctional and novel alternative approaches to treatment of this disorder.

Methods: A clinical study is made of a group of patients with ICP (cohort) and aged between 4 and 34 years, visiting
a dental clinic for disabled patients. The classification of Thomas-Stonell and Greenberg was used to assess the
presence and severity of drooling.

Results: Of the total of 50 patients evaluated (52% males and 48% females), 58% presented drooling (mild in 44.4%
and moderate to severe in 27.7%).

Conclusion: Over half of the patients with ICP presented drooling. Effective options are therefore needed for the
treatment of this problem, which poses a series of negative effects for

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