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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Xerostomia is defined as the sensation of oral dryness. Patients usually report mouth dryness, oral burning, swallowing difficulty, and decreased or altered taste. There are numerous causes of xerostomia; the most common cause is medication side effects, followed by Sjogren syndrome (SS) and radiotherapy and other autoimmune diseases in no particular order. Numerous etiologies have been described, but xerostomia mainly presents as a medication side effect, secondary to head and neck radiation therapy, and associated with Sjögren syndrome. This activity outlines the etiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment of xerostomia and highlights the role of the interprofessional team to aid in managing patients with xerostomia.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dentists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review the etiology of xerostomia.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of xerostomia.
  • Describe the history and physical findings of the patient with xerostomia and the evaluation.
  • Describe the management of patients with xerostomia.


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Christine D. on 5/18/2022

This was about dry mouth yet it felt like the information should have been contained within an autoimmune study. There are a myriad more causes for dry mouth than what was presented.

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