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how is a diagnosis of sjgren's syndrome made?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 37 years experience
2 ways: One option is to have dry eyes, dry mouth, a positive ANA and a positive ss-a or ss-b antibody. The second option is to have a minor salivary gland biopsy with typical inflammation instead of the ss-a or ss-b antibody.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Sjogren's Syndrome: Chronic inflammatory condition with dryness of the eyes, mouth and other mucous membrane s. It may be autoimmune like rheumatoid arthritis and DX with the mentioned sx and antibodies.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Rheumatologist: Dry mouth and pos blood test. Possibly other symptoms.

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for sjogren's syndrome?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Specialist: Sjogren's syndrome is a complex connective tissue disorder. Treatment may also be complex and is usually managed by a rheumatologist, or with the guidance of a rheumatologist.
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Can anyone here tell me about sjogrens syndrome?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Sjogren's: Sjogren's is the most common of the (so called) connective tissue diseases in the lupus family. Ucsd and scripp's cliic researches suggest on the basis of autoimmine blood tests run on blood donors, 1/300 may have it, although it is closer to 1/500. Variable in severity, it causes loss of water secretions in mouth, eyes, colon, even perspiration, with time. Associated with ss-a, b antibodies.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me aboiut sjogrens syndrome?

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Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Dry mouth and eyes: Sjogrens is an auto-immune disease where your body attacks your salvary glands and tear glands of the eyes. This is sometimes associated with other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. A blood test or salivary gland biopsy can give the diagnosis.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I have recently been diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome. Is there any web sites on this?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Nat'l Library of Med: National library of medicine http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/sjogrenssyndrome.Html.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you treat sjogrens syndrome?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Yes, depends: The chronic condition is difficult to treat but may respond to topical eye and mouth treatments. In rare cases biological agents such as humera are prescribed to treat this.

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