Evaluation of Radiation-induced Xerostomia in Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinomas

Narmin Mohammadi, Farshad Seyyednejhad, Parnian Alizadeh Oskoee, Siavash Savadi Oskoee & Niloofar Mofidi
Background and aims. Salivary glands are extremely susceptible to radiation injuries. The aim of this study was to evaluate radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinomas, referring to Tabriz Imam Khomeini Hospital in 2005-2006. Materials and methods. Thirty patients with nasopharyngeal carcinomas, who received conventional radiotherapy, were included in the present study. The patients’ unstimulated saliva samples were collected at three intervals, i.e. before treatment, 3 weeks after the initiation of treatment and at the...