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Parotid Duct Transposition

A parotid duct transposition is a surgery that is done on patients with Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye) who do not respond to medications. The parotid salivary gland duct is re-routed from the oral mucosa to the conjunctiva allowing saliva to moisten the cornea. Post-op care includes topical and oral medications. In most cases, topical ointments are used long term to help maintain a healthy cornea. These patients must also be fed multiple small meals throughout the day to constantly stimulate the gland to produce saliva. Since there is constant moisture being produced, care must be taken to keep the hair on the face clean and dry. Post-op care includes oral and topical medications as well as wearing an Elizabethan collar to prevent self trauma.