Salivary Gland Scintigraphy in Patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome: A local Experience with Dual-tracer

Luk, Wing Hang and Yeung, Jessie Tse Hang and Fung, Eliza Po Yan and Lok, Chiu Ming and Ng, Yuet Ming (2017) Salivary Gland Scintigraphy in Patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome: A local Experience with Dual-tracer. Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Biology, 5 (1). pp. 56-65.

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Objective(s): To review the findings of the patients with Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) having technetium-99m-pertechnetate (99mTc-pertechnetate) and gallium-67 citrate (Ga-67) salivary gland scintigraphy in the past eight years.Methods: The patients with SS, who were referred to our department for salivary gland scintigraphy during January 2008-December 2015 were studied using both 99mTc-pertechnetate and Ga-67 citrate scintigraphy.Results: Eighteen patients were included in the study, 17 of whom had positive findings on 99mTc- pertechnetate salivary gland scintigraphy. One patient had negative parotid glands findings on 99mTc-pertechnetate, but positive findings in Ga-67 study. Four patients had asymmetric involvement of the parotid glands, and one patient had asymmetric involvement of the submandibular glands in 99mTc-pertechnetate salivary gland scintigraphy. On the other hand, one patient had only submandibular gland involvement in the 99mTc-pertechnetate scan.Nine patients (9/18) had positive parotid gland findings on Ga-67 study. The involvements of the parotid glands were all symmetrical, except for one patient. No abnormal gallium uptake in the submandibular glands in our patients was noted.Conclusion: 99mTc-pertechnetate salivary gland scintigraphy is sufficient for the assessment in the majority of patients with SS. Ga-67 scintigraphy may be a useful supplementary test, especially if the result of 99mTc-pertechnetate scintigraphy is not conclusive.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WN Radiology . Diagnostic Imaging
Divisions: Journals > Asia Oceania J Nuclear Medicine & Biology
Depositing User: AOJNMB AOJNMB
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 13:31
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 13:31

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