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Sjogren's syndrome masquerading as nasopharyngeal carcinoma

May 1, 2009, 12:00 pm by American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery

Abstract: Objective: The aim of the study was to describe a case of nasopharyngeal involvement by Sjogren's syndrome masquerading as nasopharyngeal carcinoma.Methods: A description of clinical and radiologic features of facial pain, nasopharyngeal bulge, middle ear effusion, restriction of palatal movement, and infiltrating nasopharyngeal mass on imaging was given. Histologic evaluation, response to treatment with steroids and hydrochloroquine, and long-term follow-up, however, subsequently indicated the mass to be secondary to Sjogren's syndrome.Conclusion: A previously undescribed manifestation of Sjogren's syndrome is described.

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