Biopsy of the lip and Sjögren's syndrome

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1990 Apr;99(4 Pt 1):323-5. doi: 10.1177/000348949009900416.


The degree of focal chronic sialadenitis in a labial salivary gland biopsy specimen, expressed in terms of a semiquantitative focus score, is the best contemporary assessment of the salivary component in Sjögren's syndrome. A labial salivary gland focus score of greater than 1 focus per 4 mm2 serves as an acceptable threshold for the diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Humans
  • Lip / pathology*
  • Salivary Glands / pathology*
  • Salivary Glands, Minor / pathology*
  • Sjogren's Syndrome / pathology*