Managing saliva problems

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

Many people with MND will experience problems with saliva, which can be difficult to control. All management options should be explored, as it is often a case of trial and error to find the right solution.

A tool can be used to assess the scale and impact of saliva problems. Research has highlighted the clinical saliva score for MND (CSS-MND) to be an easy-to-use tool to assess and reflect the impact of saliva problems, although the research has highlighted some areas for the improvement of this tool.

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More information can be found in our information sheet for health and social care professionals:

• Managing saliva problems in MND

Other useful resources

NICE Guideline 42 – Motor neurone disease: assessment and management

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