B cell MALT lymphoma diagnosed by labial minor salivary gland biopsy in patients screened for Sjögren's syndrome

N. M. Van Mello, S. R. Pillemer, P. P. Tak, V. Sankar

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Abstract

Case report: Three patients presented to the Sjögren's syndrome (SS) Clinic at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for screening. The records of patients with SS with a diagnosis of lymphoma were examined to determine whether the diagnosis was made in any of the cases as a result of labial salivary gland (LSG) biopsies. All patients had typical features of primary SS according to the American-European Consensus Group criteria. B cell mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma was diagnosed based upon the LSG biopsy. Conclusion: This report underlines the advantages of performing LSG biopsies as a routine part of screening for SS, and shows that it may in some instances lead to early diagnosis of MALT lymphomas in patients who show no signs of pre-existing lymphoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-473
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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