Salivary gland ultrasonography as a predictor of clinical activity in Sjogren's syndrome

Salivary gland ultrasonography as a predictor of clinical activity in Sjogren's syndrome

Author Fidelix, Tania Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Czapkowski, Adriano Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Azjen, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Andriolo, Adagmar Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Trevisani, Virginia F. M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Purpose Primary Sjogren's syndrome is a multisystem autoimmune disease characterized by hypofunction of salivary and lacrimal glands and possible multi-organ system manifestations. Over the past 15 years, three sets of diagnostic criteria have been proposed, but none has included salivary gland ultrasonography. However, recent studies support its role in the diagnosis and prognostic evaluation of patients with Sjogren's syndrome. This study aimed to determine the value of salivary gland ultrasonography in the diagnosis and prognosis of Sjogren's syndrome by relating ultrasonography severity scores to clinical and laboratory data. Methods Seventy patients who fulfilled the 2002 American-European Consensus Group diagnostic criteria for primary Sjogren's syndrome were selected from 84 patients receiving care in specialized outpatient clinics at our institution from November 2013 to May 2016. Their serology, European League Against Rheumatism Sjogren's syndrome disease activity index (ESSDAI), salivary flow rate, immunoglobulin G, and salivary and serum beta-2 microglobulin levels were measured. Salivary gland ultrasonography was performed by an experienced radiologist, using scores of 1-4 to classify salivary gland impairment. Results Salivary gland ultrasonography scores of 1 or 2 were associated with an ESSDAI <5. Ultrasonography scores of 3 or 4 were associated with an ESSDAI >= 5 (p = 0.064), a positive antinuclear antibody test (p = 0.006), positive anti-Ro/SSA antibodies (p = 0.003), positive anti-La/SSB antibodies (p = 0.077), positive rheumatoid factor (p = 0.034), and immunoglobulin G levels >1600 mg/dL (p = 0.077). Salivary flow rate was lower in patients with scores 3 or 4 (p = 0.001). Conclusion This study provides further evidence that salivary gland ultrasonography can be used not only for diagnosis but also for prognostic evaluation of primary Sjogren's syndrome. These findings confirm what has been reported in the literature. However, further analyses involving larger matched samples are required to support this finding and include salivary gland ultrasonography as part of the diagnostic criteria for Sjogren's syndrome.
Language English
Date 2017
Published in Plos One. San Francisco, v. 12, n. 8, p. -, 2017.
ISSN 1932-6203 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Public Library Science
Extent -
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182287
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000406944300026
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/51400

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