Salivary gland biopsy

Sjögren's syndrome can cause joint pain, fatigue and dryness of the mouth, among other things. It affects about one percent of the population. A salivary gland biopsy is the most reliable method of diagnosing the complaint. The procedure is carried out on the inner surface of the lower lip and at the Schmerzklinik Basel is conducted on outpatients under local anaesthetic. It takes about five minutes. A suture is not required.