Author Archives: Margarida Maia

Study: Salivary Gland Biopsy Is Safe Diagnostic Method

A salivary gland biopsy on the lower lip may be considered a safe procedure for diagnosing Sjögren’s syndrome, with relatively few and mild complications, a study found. According to its authors, proper management and follow-up may reduce the risk of complications from the biopsy and help in the recovery…

Better Treatment Recommendations Needed for Children

Current studies investigating treatment strategies for children with Sjögren’s syndrome have poor quality evidence for the development of clinical recommendations, a recent study has found. As such, these children are still prescribed medication based on their doctors’ opinions, not on evidence-based treatment recommendations. “Future research is required to guide…

Lymphocytes in Lip Salivary Glands May Predict Lymphoma

The number of lymphocytes — a type of immune blood cell — in the salivary glands of the lip could help identify patients with Sjögren’s syndrome who are at increased risk for developing lymphoma, a new study has found. The study, “A biomarker for lymphoma development in Sjogren’s…

Immune T-Cells May Be Useful Indicator of Disease Activity

A subset of immune cells, called CD4+CD8+ T-cells, is increased in the blood of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome, and their levels seem to correlate with lower disease activity, according to a small study. The findings suggest doctors could make use of those cells to track or even control how…