Unusual presentation of Sjogren syndrome: Multiple parotid cysts

October 31, 2012
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Abstract

Sjögren syndrome is a chronic autoimmune exocrinopathy that destroys salivary and lacrimal gland tissue. We report an unusual case of this disease in a 40-year-old woman who presented with bilateral parotid cystic masses. As this case illustrates, Sjögren syndrome should be included in the differential diagnosis of bilateral cystic parotid lesions.

Introduction

Sjögren syndrome is a relatively common autoimmune disease with protean clinical manifestations. Involvement of the major salivary glands is well recognized, but multicystic disease at the time of presentation is rare. We describe an unusual case of primary Sjögren syndrome in a patient who presented with enlarged multicystic parotid glands.

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