Case report. MRI findings of necrotizing sialometaplasia

Br J Radiol. 2008 Jun;81(966):e173-5. doi: 10.1259/bjr/51447334.


Necrotizing sialometaplasia (NS) is a benign self-limiting inflammatory disease of mucus-secreting glands, mainly involving the minor salivary glands. This lesion can mimic a malignant neoplasm, as more frequently it manifests as a submucosal swelling or as an ulcer of the palate. Awareness of the disease is crucial to avoid undue surgical treatment. We herewith report MR findings in a histologically proven case of NS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Oral Ulcer / diagnosis*
  • Sialometaplasia, Necrotizing / diagnosis*