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The nonsurgical treatment of microstomia in scleroderma: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6587299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 6-month clinical trial with nine scleroderma patients compared two exercise programs for the nonsurgical treatment of the decreased oral opening ( microstomia ). The experimental group employed three mouth-stretching exercises and a new oral augmentation exercise, using tongue depressors , to obtain a 5.6 mm mean increased vertical oral opening. The controls used six currently recommended "facial grimacing " exercises for a 3.0 mm mean increase. When the controls used the experimental treatment, their mean improvement increased to 5.7 mm. Although surgical correction of microstomia may be warranted, some reversal of this condition may be achieved with the aid of this new nonsurgical exercise program.
W P Naylor; C W Douglass; E Mix
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral surgery, oral medicine, and oral pathology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0030-4220     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Pathol.     Publication Date:  1984 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-06-26     Completed Date:  1984-06-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376406     Medline TA:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-11     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Double-Blind Method
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Facial Expression
Facial Muscles / physiopathology
Microstomia / etiology,  therapy*
Mouth Diseases / therapy*
Pilot Projects
Random Allocation
Scleroderma, Systemic / complications*,  physiopathology

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