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A 38-year-old female asked:

My rheumatologist diagnosed with lupus/sjogrens overlap. does that mean my symptoms don't fit into one disease category perfectly or that i have both?

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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Right first time: Your first assumption is right. You most likely have diagnostic criteria for both disorders. Most rheum patients do not have text book cases of the disorders. We use the term "mixed connective tissue disorder." Please discuss your concerns with your rheumatologist. Good luck with your treatment. Hope this was helpful. Dr R
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Autoimmune: Autoimmune phenomena are frequently tough to diagnose health problems. It is common to have symptoms of more than one autoimmune disease. Overlap means you have symptoms characteristic of both SLE and Sjogrens that don`t fit into one disease category as you stated above.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Autoimmune Disease: These diseases are part of a broad category of autoimmune diseases in which there is a great deal of overlap in features. Often the treatments are the same and include various medications such as steroids.

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