The Salivary Dysfunction Clinic is a dento-medical treatment and teaching center for the management of complex-symptom diseases affecting the salivary glands. The uniqueness of this facility is in the use of salivary analysis rather than repeated biopsies for clinical diagnosis and monitoring of salivary gland diseases.
In 1994, in collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center, the dental school established the Sjögren's Referral Center, of which the Salivary Dysfunction Clinic became a component. The referral center encompasses a broad range of specialties, including opthamology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and dermatology.
The referral center assists those with Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture producing glands. Sjögren's is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders, striking as many as 4,000,000 Americans.
Together, the referral center and the Salivary Dysfunction Clinic have received widespread national and international recognition, making the college a primary consultation site for the diagnosis and treatment of salivary gland dysfunction and the diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome. Their services have extended beyond the borders of Texas and the Southwest to help patients throughout the United States and around the world.
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