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My wife is 42. Recently she has been diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome. What is this?

My wife is 42. Recently she has been diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome. What is this?

Autoimmune disease: The most common symptoms in Sjögren's syndrome are dry eyes and dry mouth because white blood cells get "confused" and attack and destroy glands in the body that make tears, saliva, vaginal secretions, and other secretions.Inflammation in Sjögren's can cause rashes or arthritis, and even liver, kidney or brain disease. Can also cause saliva gland cancer (lymphoma), so getting treated is important. ...Read more

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What is sjogrens syndrome?

What is sjogrens syndrome?

An autoimmune diseas: Sjögren's is an autoimmune disease where the body "turns against itself" and makes antibodies against the mucous secreting areas of the body- the eyes mouth respiratory and genitourinary it is mostly associated as the dry eyes dry mouth syndrome .Other features may include arthritis and kidney disease. It is vital that you see a rheumatologist to evaluate yourcsymptoms make the correct diagnosis a. ...Read more

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Can you treat sjogrens syndrome?

Can you treat sjogrens syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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How does sjogrens syndrome happens?

How does sjogrens syndrome happens?

Autoimmune disease: Sjogrens is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body starts to " attack" itself due to an alteration in the ability to identify its own tissue. It " perceives" the target tissue as a foreign invader and tries to eliminate it. This leads to signs and symptoms of whatever organ is being attacked. Like many autoimmune diseases, there are genetic factors that predispose someone to be affected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me aboiut sjogrens syndrome?

Can you tell me aboiut sjogrens syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose sjogrens syndrome for sure?

How do you diagnose sjogrens syndrome for sure?

Bx and lab.: I do minor salivary gland bx, and really heavily on lab tests, looking for the presence of ss-a and ss-b autoantibodies. Almost 50% of sjogren's patients have a positive rf. Eelvations of gammaglobulins are common, especially IgG and igm. There is some heredebiity to this condition, albeit weaker than many forms of arthritis. ...Read more

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Can anyone here tell me about sjogrens syndrome?

Can anyone here tell me about sjogrens syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about sjogrens syndrome symptoms?

Can anyone tell me about sjogrens syndrome symptoms?

There are many: Sjogrens syndrome most often is a benign condition in the sense that it usually doesn't cause serious internal organ damage. However, it can cause severe dry mouth leading to dental problems, dry eyes leading to corneal abrasions, vaginal dryness leading to painful intercourse. It can also have more serious consequences with skin, nerve, lung, heart, joint, bone marrow, and other organ injury. ...Read more

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I don't take my medication for my sjogrens syndrome... What can happen?

I don't take my medication for my sjogrens syndrome... What can happen?

Carious Lesions: Xerostomia is one of the components of sjogrens syndrome. The best thing to do would be supplement your oral hygiene regimen with Fluoride based agents and if you want to be proactive xylitol based gums, rinses etc would be helpful in keeping you cavity free. See your dentist for regular checkups. ...Read more

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Is sjogren's syndrome linked to fibromylgyia? What the symptoms of sjogrens syndrome?

Is sjogren's syndrome linked to fibromylgyia? What the symptoms of sjogrens syndrome?

Sjogren's sydrome: Sjogrens syndrome is an autoimmune disease. The antibodies cause dry eyes dry mouth with musculoskeletal diseases. You also have depression that also compound the problem. Please see a rheumatologist. Thanks. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sjogrens syndrome, I was wondering if any scholarships exist for people who suffer with sjogrens?

See a rheumatologist: If you have Sjögren's disease you must be seen evaluated and followed by a rheumatologist .the disease symptoms may vary from mild oral or eye dryness to more serious kidney disease, arthritis or other neurological problems I am not aware of any scholarships but you can contact the Sjögren's Foundation for additional information ...Read more

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Is there any cure for sjogrens syndrome?

Is there any cure for sjogrens syndrome?

Cure/Sjogren Syndrom: No there is no cure for sjogren syndrome but it can go into remission in some cases, some mild cases can be handled with symptomatic therapy.With proper attention to eyes and oral care patients are able to be comfortable.Dry eyes can cause trauma to eyes and corneal obesity, so all patients should be under care of eye doc, dry mouth needs to be handled by dentist to prevent tooth deacay. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sjogrens syndrome?

Combination of meds: Treatment starts with daily oral steroids(prednisone)to gain faster control of inflammation followed by "steroid-sparing"meds that control systemic autoimmune disease without the long term serious side-effects of steroids so steroids can be decreased and then stopped.These safer long-term drugs are low dose Methotrexate weekly, imuran, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) and rituximab. Plaquenil is given to prevent flares. ...Read more

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In sjogrens syndrome related to lupus. What does it mean?

In sjogrens syndrome related to lupus. What does it mean?

Possibly: Sjogrens syndrome will typically presenst with dry eyes and dry mouth. It is not uncommon for sjogrens to occur with other rheumatic illnesses such as lupus. We call this secondary sjogrens and tends to cause the above issues. We still treat the underlying illness and in your case lupus. Sjogrens can occur by itself and we call this primary sjogrens and may have more issues then secondary sjogrens. ...Read more

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Is sjogrens syndrome connected to hereditary elliptocytosis?

No data to say so: I just did a search of all medical literature published from the 1970's on and did not find a single article connecting the two. ...Read more

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Which the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus which is worse?

Which the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus which is worse?

They: Sjogren's is in some ways a milder disease but it can have significant organ involvement. Sjogrens's typically affects the moisture glands in your body causing dryness, whereas lupus does not. Sometimes they can coexist together. Lupus can have significant organ involement compared to sjogren's and often is worse than sjogrens in terms of organ involvement. ...Read more

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What the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus? Which is worse?

They are similar: Both are autoimmune diseases and to varying degree, they have overlapping symptoms. Patients with lupus can have symptoms of sjogrens and vice versa. Both can lead to very serious, life threatening disease. More often, however, they are relatively well managed. In summary, severe lupus is probably worse than severe sjogrens, but there are exceptions. ...Read more