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

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

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Case report: Three patients presented to the Sjogren'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 languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)471-473
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the rheumatic diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • AMC wi-eigen
  • Biopsy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone/etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms/etiology
  • Salivary Glands, Minor/pathology
  • Sjogren's Syndrome/complications

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