Sjogren's Syndrome

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Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease which most commonly causes dry eyes and mouth. Our immune system protects us against infections from viruses and bacteria. Sometimes a person’s immune system attacks the person’s own tissues and organs by mistake. In this case, the immune system attacks the glands which produce moisture, especially those which produce tears and saliva. In addition to dry eyes and mouth, other symptoms may include dry skin, skin rashes, chronic dry cough, thyroid problems, joint and muscle pain, vaginal dryness and numbness and tingling in the arms and legs. The syndrome may also make the person feel very tired. Other complications may include vision and dental problems as well as more serious damage to the liver, kidneys or lungs. A small percentage of people with Sjogren’s develop lymphoma. Overall all symptoms may stay the same or worsen with time and may range from mild to debilitating (unable to do daily tasks). About half the time, a person with Sjogren’s syndrome will also have another autoimmune disease such as arthritis, lupus or scleroderma. Sjogren's syndrome may occur at any age, but is more common in women and people above the age of 40 years old. The cause of Sjorgren’s syndrome is unknown but may be a combination of genetics and bacterial or viral infection. Diagnosis is usually made through a physical exam, special test of the eyes and mouth and blood tests. Treatments for this condition depend on the symptoms present. Dry mouth and eyes may be treated with medications. Medication is also available to help lessen the joint and muscle pain, suppress the immune system and decrease inflammation or swelling. Early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent the more serious complications. Talk with your doctor if you or a family member has been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome to decide on the best treatment. Support groups are also a good source of support and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sjogren's Syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation's mission is to: •Educate patients and their families about Sjögren's. •Increase public and professional awareness of Sjögren's. •Encourage research into new treatments and a cure.

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sjogren's Syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

http://www.bensfriends.org

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

http://www.sclero.org/

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation's mission is to: •Educate patients and their families about Sjögren's. •Increase public and professional awareness of Sjögren's. •Encourage research into new treatments and a cure.

http://www.sjogrens.org

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Sjogren's Syndrome" returned 1221 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cortical blindness and not optic neuritis as a cause of vision loss in a Sjögren's syndrome (SS) patient with the neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD): Challenges of ascribing demyelinating syndromes to SS: a case report.
 

Author(s): Aliya Lalji, Izlem Izbudak, Julius Birnbaum

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(34):e7454.

 

The conception that multiple sclerosis may be challenging to distinguish from demyelinating manifestations of Sjögren's syndrome (SS) was introduced more than 30 years ago. However, it is now recognized that the neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) may occur more frequently ...

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017

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Impact of Sjogren's syndrome on Parkinson's disease: A nationwide case-control study.
 

Author(s): Ming-Chi Wu, Xun Xu, Shan-Ming Chen, Yeu-Sheng Tyan, Jeng-Yuan Chiou, Yu-Hsun Wang, Li-Chi Lin, Chyong-Mei Chen, James Cheng-Chung Wei

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To investigate whether Sjogren's syndrome would have an influence on the development of Parkinson's disease.

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2017

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Identification of a Sjögren's syndrome susceptibility locus at OAS1 that influences isoform switching, protein expression, and responsiveness to type I interferons.
 

Author(s): He Li, Tove Ragna Reksten, John A Ice, Jennifer A Kelly, Indra Adrianto, Astrid Rasmussen, Shaofeng Wang, Bo He, Kiely M Grundahl, Stuart B Glenn, Corinne Miceli-Richard, Simon Bowman, Sue Lester, Per Eriksson, Maija-Leena Eloranta, Johan G Brun, Lasse G Gøransson, Erna Harboe, Joel M Guthridge, Kenneth M Kaufman, Marika Kvarnström, Deborah S Cunninghame Graham, Ketan Patel, Adam J Adler, A Darise Farris, Michael T Brennan, James Chodosh, Rajaram Gopalakrishnan, Michael H Weisman, Swamy Venuturupalli, Daniel J Wallace, Kimberly S Hefner, Glen D Houston, Andrew J W Huang, Pamela J Hughes, David M Lewis, Lida Radfar, Evan S Vista, Contessa E Edgar, Michael D Rohrer, Donald U Stone, Timothy J Vyse, John B Harley, Patrick M Gaffney, Judith A James, Sean Turner, Ilias Alevizos, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, Courtney G Montgomery, R Hal Scofield, Susan Kovats, Xavier Mariette, Lars Rönnblom, Torsten Witte, Maureen Rischmueller, Marie Wahren-Herlenius, Roald Omdal, Roland Jonsson, Wan-Fai Ng, , Gunnel Nordmark, Christopher J Lessard, Kathy L Sivils

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Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a common, autoimmune exocrinopathy distinguished by keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia. Patients frequently develop serious complications including lymphoma, pulmonary dysfunction, neuropathy, vasculitis, and debilitating fatigue. Dysregulation of ...

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sjogren's Syndrome" returned 124 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Potential Role of Free Fatty Acids in the Pathogenesis of Periodontitis and Primary Sjögren's Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Yosuke Shikama, Yasusei Kudo, Naozumi Ishimaru, Makoto Funaki

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Clinical studies have shown that metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia are associated with increased risk of oral-related diseases, such as periodontitis and Sjögren's syndrome. Although changes in the immune system are critical in both of these metabolic disorders ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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Reviewing primary Sjögren's syndrome: beyond the dryness - From pathophysiology to diagnosis and treatment.
 

Author(s): Tim Both, Virgil A S H Dalm, P Martin van Hagen, Paul L A van Daele

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Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the secretory glands. This process leads to sicca syndrome, which is the combination of dryness of the eyes, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and/or vagina. Extraglandular ...

Last Updated: 3 Apr 2017

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One year in review 2017: primary Sjögren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Francesco Ferro, Elisa Marcucci, Martina Orlandi, Chiara Baldini, Elena Bartoloni-Bocci

Journal: Clin. Exp. Rheumatol.. ;35(2):179-191.

 

Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a complex and heterogeneous disease. Last year, a great deal of basic and clinical research was carried out in pSS. Following the previous reviews of this publishing series, we will herewith provide a critical digest of the most recent literature ...

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Implantology and Sjögren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sjogren's Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 9 May 2017

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Study of Iguratimod in Sjögren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sjogren's Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2017

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UCB Proof of Concept Study in Patients With Primary Sjögren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2017

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