Introduction: Drooling represents a major problem in the every-day life of pediatric patients with neurological disorders. The significant burden, both physical and socio-psychological, of the disorder requires adequate clinical evaluation and proper management. However, treating drooling remains a challenge for clinicians. This is a review of the most up-to-date therapeutic options for the treatment of drooling in the pediatric population, hence both conservative, pharmacological, and surgical approaches are discussed. Areas covered: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs), structured reviews, and case reports are included. Special focus is paid on the methods used to evaluate the efficacy and safety outcomes in the selected RCTs, trying to promote the use of more validated scales to assess drooling in the future. Expert opinion: The lack of reliable metrics to assess efficacy and safety outcomes in drooling limits researchers from identifying the best patient-suitable treatment. The relatively small number of clinical trials carried out over the last two decades is also due to the difficulty in assessing drooling using subjective scales. A key enabler for new efficient therapies stands in the introduction of accurate and robust metrics to measure treatment effectiveness on drooling.

Exploring treatments for drooling in children with neurological disorders

Piccolo G.;Amadori E.;Striano P.
2020

Abstract

Introduction: Drooling represents a major problem in the every-day life of pediatric patients with neurological disorders. The significant burden, both physical and socio-psychological, of the disorder requires adequate clinical evaluation and proper management. However, treating drooling remains a challenge for clinicians. This is a review of the most up-to-date therapeutic options for the treatment of drooling in the pediatric population, hence both conservative, pharmacological, and surgical approaches are discussed. Areas covered: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs), structured reviews, and case reports are included. Special focus is paid on the methods used to evaluate the efficacy and safety outcomes in the selected RCTs, trying to promote the use of more validated scales to assess drooling in the future. Expert opinion: The lack of reliable metrics to assess efficacy and safety outcomes in drooling limits researchers from identifying the best patient-suitable treatment. The relatively small number of clinical trials carried out over the last two decades is also due to the difficulty in assessing drooling using subjective scales. A key enabler for new efficient therapies stands in the introduction of accurate and robust metrics to measure treatment effectiveness on drooling.
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