Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic condition most common in middle-aged and elderly women, with prevalence rates in the general population ranging from 0.5% to 5%. Defined by the International Headache Society as “an intraoral burning sensation for which no medical or dental cause can be found,” BMS is considered a form of neuropathic pain. The management of BMS remains unsatisfactory. In this pilot study, we investigated the use of acupuncture in a small group of BMS patients. The study group, after 4 refusals, was composed of 10 BMS patients (9 females and 1 male; mean age, 65.2 years; range, from 48 to 80 years; mean duration of BMS, 2.6 years; SD ± 0.8 years). Oral pain/burning sensation (primary outcome) was measured using a visual analogue scale (VAS). Health-related quality of life (secondary outcome) was measured using the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). Acupuncture treatment lasted 8 weeks and consisted of 20 sessions. Patients reported a mean reduction in pain of 0.99 points on the VAS (max 2.1–min 0.1), which, although slight, was statistically significant (Wilcoxon test P < 0.009). No significant improvement in the overall score for quality of life was observed, although subjects receiving acupuncture treatment seemed better able cope with their oral symptoms.
Acupuncture and Burning Mouth Syndrome : a Pilot Study / A. Sardella, G. Lodi, M. Tarozzi, E. Varoni, R. Franchini, A. Carrassi. - In: PAIN PRACTICE. - ISSN 1530-7085. - 13:8(2013 Nov), pp. 627-632.
|Titolo:||Acupuncture and Burning Mouth Syndrome : a Pilot Study|
SARDELLA, ANDREA (Primo)
LODI, GIOVANNI (Secondo)
CARRASSI, ANTONIO MICHELE (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Acupuncture; Burning mouth syndrome; Health-related quality of life; SF-36; visual analogue scale|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/28 - Malattie Odontostomatologiche|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/papr.12031|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|