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Acta Odontol Scand. 1998 Apr; 56(2): 95-9.

The effect of acupuncture in the treatment of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome. A controlled study.

List T, Lundeberg T, Lundström I, Lindström F, Ravald N.

Specialist Center Oral Rehabilitation, Linköping, Sweden.

Twenty-one patients, 20 women and 1 man, participated in a controlled study. All patients were diagnosed with primary Sjögren's syndrome (primary SS) according to the Copenhagen and San Diego criteria. The patients were randomly assigned to either a group receiving acupuncture treatment or a control group with no active treatment. The patients in the control group received acupuncture after 10 weeks when the acupuncture treatment was completed in the first group. A majority of the patients subjectively reported some improvement after treatment, and a significant increase in paraffin-stimulated saliva secretion was found after treatment. No statistically significant differences between the acupuncture group and the control group were seen in unstimulated salivary secretion or most of the subjective variables. The study showed that acupuncture is of limited value for patients with primary SS.

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