Lip Biopsy

What is it?

removal of salivary glands from the lower lip for analysis.

What is the purpose?

To confirm the
diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Is there any special preparation?

There is no special preparation.

How is it done?

sit in a dental type chair. A local anesthesia is injected into your
lower lip. the doctor cuts into the inner part of the lip and removes
several salivary glands. The glands are then sent to the lab for

What happens afterwards?

Follow any instructions given by
your doctor. Do not eat any solid foods until the numbness has worn off.
You may apply ice to the area as needed.

What are the risks of this procedure?

There is always the risk of
infection and bleeding with any invasive procedure.

Does it hurt?

injection of anesthesia may be painful and the area will be sore when
the numbness wears off.

For more information:

Lip Biopsy

Yale University School of Medicine, Patient’s Guide to Medical Tests