Various painful joint conditions can be diagnosed only with a tissue sample. These include specific inflammations, such as sarcoidosis, or complaints arising from overload, such as haemochromatosis. Synovial biopsies at the Schmerzklinik Basel are carried out under local anaesthetic on outpatients. As a rule, the procedure takes no longer than 15 minutes. The tissue sample is then analysed at one of Europe's leading synovial pathology centres in Trier, Germany.
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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.