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Doctor insights on: Thyroid Disease And Sjogrens Syndrome

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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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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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What might indicate sjogrens syndrome caused a patients chronic kidney disease?

What might indicate sjogrens syndrome caused a patients chronic kidney disease?

One of these forms: Ss related kidney disease would show up in biopsy & lab work on blood & urine: 1. A tubular interstitial nephritis biopsy revealing lymphocytes infiltrating normal surrounding kidney tissue. 2. Dangerous electrolyte imbalances in blood from inadequate acid removal from urine. 3. Blood, protein & other waste products in the urine due to decreased ability of the kidney to filter well. ...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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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?

See below: You must have symptoms plus antibodies or a minor salivary biopsy plus symptoms. ...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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more