Sialorrhea (inability to control saliva, drooling) may have a negative impact on a patient's quality of life.


Psychological impact:

(1) embarrassment

(2) social isolation

(3) depression


The psychological impact may not be an issue if the patient is demented.


Pathological impact:

(1) aspiration pneumonia

(2) recurrent coughing and choking


A patient who is unable to control oral secretions also may have an inability to eat normally, so may become malnourished unless provided with nutritional support.


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