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Bilateral multicystic parotid masses in primary Sjögren syndrome

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October 27, 2011
by Alex S.L. Toh, MRCS, DO-HNS, Stephen J. Broomfield, MRCS, Lee-Suan Teh, MD, FRCP, Muhammad B. Aslam, FRCPath, Gavin Duncan, FRCR, and Pradeep Morar, MD, FRCSEd(ORL-HNS)


We report the case of a 48-year-old woman who presented with bilateral parotid gland enlargement as the initial manifestation of primary Sjögren syndrome. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated multiple areas of low-intensity signal mixed with foci of high-intensity signal, a finding suggestive of Sjögren syndrome. Autoimmune blood tests for Sjögren syndrome were positive, and a sublabial biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. Investigations for other conditions, including human immunodeficiency virus infection, were negative. After 5 years of follow-up, the parotid swellings remained essentially unchanged. We discuss the etiology of multicystic parotid gland pathology, its involvement in Sjögren syndrome, and the risk of lymphoma.

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