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Salivary Gland Transplantation

Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)

Abstract

In absolute tear deficiency, severe ocular surface damage can progress despite copious use of arti- ficial tear substitutes, resulting in persistent pain and permanent loss of vision [29]. In this situation, mucous membrane grafting alone will not provide sufficient lubrication to alleviate symptoms or to enable successful ocular surface reconstruction. Several studies have demonstrated that oral and nasal mucosa could successfully be used to reconstruct the fornices and provide mucin for lubrication.

Keywords

Salivary Gland Submandibular Gland Ocular Surface Minor Salivary Gland Major Salivary Gland 
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