To review the pathogenesis and clinical features of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). To identify the main imaging features of Sjögren's syndrome in the different glands to delineate the role of radiology in the follow up of SS and its potential complications To be familiar with the imaging clues of other disorders associated with Sjögren's syndrome.
Background Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder with a higher incidence in middle aged and menopausal females.
It predominantly affects the salivary and lacrimal glands as a primary manifestation.
It may be primary or secondary being associated with other connective tissue disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
SS shows a 44 fold increased risk of Lymphoma as well as the affection of multiple glandular and extra-glandular tissues,
necessitating proper radiological follow up. The...
Findings and procedure details
Glandular abnormalities: 1) Contrast sialography: (Fig.1) Sialography is a first radiographic method that can detect anatomic and architectural changes in the salivary gland duct system.
However its drawbacks are due to its invasiveness and the use of contrast media.
The sialographic changes are classified as punctate,
and destructive dilatation (sialectasia) of the acinar system.
It is the reference standard for staging and appears as alternating areas of ductal stenosis...
Multiple imaging modalities can aid in the proper diagnosis and management of SS.
Imaging is directed to the major salivary glands starting from Plain Radiography in detecting ductal calculi,
calcifications and adjacent osseous lesions.
Sialography for the evaluation of the ductal system.
US for differentiating solid fromcystic lesions and obtaining biopsies.
CT and MRI allow the complete imaging of the glands,
extensions and complications. SS may show reliable imaging features of the...
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