Aplasia of lacrimal and salivary glands

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Aplasia of lacrimal and salivary glands, ALSG is a condition where the glands that produce saliva (spit) in the mouth and glands above the eyes are either absent or not functioning properly. This leads to a constant dry mouth that can cause multiple dental issues, such as mouth infections and erosion (break down) of the teeth. Other symptoms include irritable eyes, eye infections, or constant tearing.

ALSG is genetic, which means one or both parents pass the disease to their child. It can be diagnosed using an MRI scan to determine if the glands are either present or partially formed. There is no treatment for ALSG, but various options are available to help treat the symptoms. This can nclude taking various measures to protect the teeth and mouth from infection, such as fluoride treatments. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, talk to your doctor about the the best treatment options for you.

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