Does Saliva Know If There Is A Problem Or Disease In The Lungs?

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Want to ask, can saliva detect internal disease? Like lung disease. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Tia, Thank you for the question.

Saliva is produced by salivary glands in the oral cavity. Until now, saliva has not been able to be used to detect interference or disease in the lungs. To find out lung disease, some investigations that can be done are blood tests, sputum examination (sputum produced by the respiratory tract), peak air flowmeter examination, spirometry, X-rays, and CT scans. This investigation must also be supported by information about patient complaints and a physical examination by a doctor to make a diagnosis of the disease.

Indeed there is a study that recently developed a test on saliva to detect asthma, cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer. But, of course, tests on saliva to detect the disease still require further research.

If you have symptoms of the respiratory tract such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest pain, please see your doctor immediately for further examination and treatment.

Hopefully this information helps you.

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