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#1 Sweet

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 05:59 AM

Hi All,

I am looking for information for a friend that recently had parotid swelling. I've searched the site, but I'm obviously not very savvy at it, because I couldn't find anything to share with her, and I know I've seen information before here.
Can someone help?
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#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:05 AM

Hello Sweet

I did a search for parotid on the forums and the most interesting posts I found are Lisa's,Mary's, Betty's, and Jeannie's.


Take care.


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#3 Sweet

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Amanda!
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Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:35 AM

Hi Sweet,

I've had repeated issues with parotid swelling, beginning about 40 years ago. I've been hospitalized for it several times. Well over 30 years after that, I was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome.

Comfort your friend with the idea that even if it is caused by Sjogren's, they might still be alive decades later, if they live long enough for it to be diagnosed. There is an abysmal track record for diagnosing Sjogren's, because symptoms are typically seen by a variety of (uncoordinated) providers such as dentist, ENT, gynecologist, dermatologist. And many symptoms are brushed off on menopause or other conditions. So usually things have to get pretty bad before anyone gets serious about diagnosis, or before enough symptoms accumulate to delineate a diagnosis. Also see: Sjogren's Syndrome.
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#5 Sweet

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:18 AM

Thanks Shelley, I will share. She isn't one to panic so that's good, and I believe she's already been diagnosed with Sjogrens, I'll have to double check on that.

Thanks again!
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:13 PM

Hi Sweet, My rheumatologist said it comes right along with Sjogrens and is called sialiadensis or something like that. Not anything to be concerned about but it sure is annoying, it happens to me on a regular basis but then it goes on its merry way eventually. He said we can't do anything to stop it. She has my every sympathy... Mary in Cali Now
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#7 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:22 AM

Here is an excerpt from the Merck Manual of Medicine:

Sialadenitis is bacterial infection of a salivary gland, usually due to an obstructing stone or gland hyposecretion. Symptoms are swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness. Diagnosis is clinical. CT, ultrasound, and MRI may help identify the cause. Treatment is with antibiotics.

Gland hyposecretion, eh? We know what that is, don't we!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:11 AM

Thank you! :flowers:
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