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Sweet

Parotid Swelling

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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?


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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.


Amanda Thorpe

ISN Sclero Forums Senior Support Specialist

ISN Video Presentations Manager

ISN Blogger

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Assistant Manager

(Retired) ISN Email Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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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


Diffuse sclero; diabetes; hypertension; GERD with Barrett's

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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!

 


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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