Warning over Sjogren look-alikes on ultrasound

Two other conditions can look much the same

While salivary gland ultrasound has become popular for diagnosing Sjogren’s syndrome, doctors should be aware that two other conditions can give very similar results, US researchers say.

Woman having ultrasound

The salivary glands of patients with sarcoidosis or amyloidosis can look the same as Sjogren’s patients on imaging, warn rheumatologists from Boston Medical Centre.

“Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any specific salivary gland ultrasound findings to help distinguish Sjogren’s syndrome from sarcoidosis and [immunoglobulin light chain] AL

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