TABLE 2

Salivary Flow Rates of DTC Patients (n = 67) Before and After Radioiodine Therapy

Salivary parameterBefore treatment (mL/min)After treatment (mL/min)P
Ablation patients (n = 56)
 Unstimulated whole saliva (n = 50)0.44 (0.27–0.66)0.33 (0.22–0.51)0.009
 Paraffin-stimulated whole saliva (n = 56)0.92 (0.74–1.25)0.80 (0.58–1.18)0.003
 Acid-stimulated left parotid saliva (n = 33)0.10 (0.07–0.18)0.09 (0.05–0.13)0.027
 Acid-stimulated right parotid saliva (n = 29)0.10 (0.07–0.16)0.06 (0.02–0.11)<0.001
 Acid-stimulated SM saliva (n = 44)0.33 (0.22–0.48)0.31 (0.19–0.45)0.044
Repeated-therapy patients (n = 11)
 Unstimulated whole saliva (n = 10)0.32 (0.18–0.48)0.26 (0.09–0.47)0.169
 Paraffin-stimulated whole saliva (n = 11)0.96 (0.45–1.31)0.53 (0.39–1.54)0.328
 Acid-stimulated left parotid saliva (n = 6)0.26 (0.16–0.35)0.14 (0.06–0.26)0.249
 Acid-stimulated right parotid saliva (n = 4)0.19 (0.09–0.23)0.20 (0.03–0.29)0.715
 Acid-stimulated SM saliva (n = 10)0.47 (0.33–0.66)0.25 (0.16–0.71)0.059
  • SM = submandibular gland saliva.

  • Numbers (n) of patients with valid paired measurements (i.e., both a pre- and posttreatment measure were available of same patient and salivary gland) are indicated for the particular flow rates. Data in parentheses are IQRs.