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do inner lip salivary glands look normal?

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Old 02-08-2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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do inner lip salivary glands look normal?

I know that one way to diagnose Sjogren's is to have a lip biopsy of the salivary glands.

My question is: can you tell by looking at the salivary glands that something is wrong with them? Are they swollen?

The reason I'm asking is because I've suffered for 6 years with symptoms that keep affecting more and more parts of my body, and Sjogren's has been thought of, but not diagnosed yet.

Sometimes I have a few small bumps on my inner lip, and I wondered if that means anything. Is the doctor supposed to see something suspicious there before they do a biopsy or not necessarily?

What kind of doctor does lip biopsies? Thanks for any answers you can give.

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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Re: do inner lip salivary glands look normal?

My understanding is that the results of the lip biopsy are very very different from any sores or swelling you might be able to see on the surface (in other words, your sores may or may not be the result of Sjogrens and the only way to know for sure is to have the biopsy done). Most of the books on Sjogrens Syndrome explain this very well (much better than I can). One thing I can say is that having the lip biopsy done is WELL worth the two minutes it takes to have it done in order to know for certain if you have Sjogrens.

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