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Dr. Babak Larian
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Salivary Gland Biopsy (Overview)

Often done as a needle biopsy, if taken from a salivary gland can be useful with other diagnostic data to diagnose or rule out glandular cancer or other glandular disorders, especially in the aid of diagnosing sjogren's syndrome. I believe an ENT doctor to be the correct specialist to consult with.


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What is the definition or description of: salivary gland biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: salivary gland biopsy?

Saliva gland sample: Often done as a needle biopsy, if taken from a salivary gland can be useful with other diagnostic data to diagnose or rule out glandular cancer or other glandular disorders, especially in the aid of diagnosing sjogren's syndrome. I believe an ENT doctor to be the correct specialist to consult with. ...Read more

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Dr. Babak Larian
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Salivary Gland Biopsy (Overview)

Often done as a needle biopsy, if taken from a salivary gland can be useful with other diagnostic data to diagnose or rule out glandular cancer or other glandular disorders, especially in the aid of diagnosing sjogren's syndrome. I believe an ENT doctor to be the correct specialist to consult with.


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What is the false negative result percentage for a minor salivary gland biopsy for sjogrens?

What is the false negative result percentage for a minor salivary gland biopsy for sjogrens?

One piece of info: My experience with lip biopsies is that it often confuse situations. A negative lip biopsy is good. The other question is do you have antibodies for sjogren's with this ssa or ssb. The main thing in treating sjogren's or lupus is assessing for any other organ involvement and treating symptoms appropriately. ...Read more

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Salivary gland biopsy. Dr. Made an incision no salivary glands. Dr said may have atrophied did 2nd incision & found glands. Is it consistnt sjogrens?

Salivary gland biopsy. Dr. Made an incision no salivary glands.  Dr said may have atrophied  did 2nd incision & found glands. Is it consistnt sjogrens?

A normal occurrence: I assume it was a lip biopsy. The initial biopsy just had no glands in it. Glands are scattered in the lip and it is not unusual for a biopsy to not contain any glands. They did not atrophy. That is nonsense. ...Read more

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Positive ANA tests for 10+yrs, no sicca probs. Have sensory numbness in feet per emg. Biopsy salivary glands 1/3 show inflammation. What tests next?

Positive ANA tests for 10+yrs, no sicca probs.  Have sensory numbness in feet per emg. Biopsy salivary glands 1/3 show inflammation. What tests next?

Consultation!: The best 'test' is a consultation with a neurologist specializing in, or experienced with autoimmune neuropathies. A spine MRI with gadolinium contrast sometimes can show changes in the nerve roots if that is the problem. Even if that is negative, the type of problems seen on the EMG may be revealing. A spinal tap with analysis of the spinal fluid is occasionally useful. Possibly other blood tests. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor does a biopsy of the salivary gland to diagnose sjogrens?

Oral surgeon: An oral surgeon can biopsy your salivary gland. Other doctors that can help you would be an oral medicine specialist or ent. ...Read more

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Salivary glands swollen for 2 years now. Ct done only shows that they are enlarged biopsy done on gland lip only shows inflamed gland dye test done?

Salivary glands swollen for 2 years now.  Ct done only shows that they are enlarged biopsy done on gland  lip only shows inflamed gland dye test done?

Lots of things: Unfortunately, your description is not detailed enough to be of true help to you, but there are a wide range of diseases that can appear in the salivary glands. These range from reactive (stones), inflammatory/immune (sjogren's/igg4 disease), to neoplastic (tumor). A thorough discussion with the doctor who ordered the biopsy should be quite useful. ...Read more

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Father has MS biopsy of calcification in small salivary gland came back atypical can't rule out neoplasm needs surgery general anesthesia with MS ok?

Father has MS biopsy of calcification in small salivary gland came back atypical can't rule out neoplasm needs surgery  general anesthesia with MS ok?

No problem: Do not see any medication that he is taking for multiple sclerosis. Is the disease "burned out" or secondary progressive without relapses? Assuming that he does not have cardiac or pulmonary issues, and merely has history of ms, cannot see any reason to Prohibit general anesthesia. Should not affect the ms even if the disease were active relapsing-remitting. ...Read more

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What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

Not many: Generally a good history from the patient and physical exam will get an appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes lab work is helpful if a systemic problem is suspected (sjogren's syndrome), and ultrasound or ct or other x-rays can help if salivary stones or tumors are a concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more