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.

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: 3 Oct 2013

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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.

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.

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Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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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 1069 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Osteomalacia complicating renal tubular acidosis in association with Sjogren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Zohra El Ati, Lilia Ben Fatma, Ghada Boulahya, Lamia Rais, Madiha Krid, Wided Smaoui, Hedi Ben Maiz, Soumaya Beji, Karim Zouaghi, Fatma Ben Moussa

Journal: Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2014 Sep;25(5):1072-7.

 

Renal involvement in Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is not uncommon and may precede other complaints. Tubulointerstitial nephritis is the most common renal disease in SS and may lead to renal tubular acidosis (RTA), which in turn may cause osteomalacia. Nevertheless, osteomalacia rarely ...

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2014

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Evaluation of diagnostic parameters from parotid and submandibular dynamic salivary glands scintigraphy and unstimulated sialometry in Sjögren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Sanja Dugonjić, Dušan Stefanović, Branka Ethurović, Vesna Spasić-Jokić, Boris Ajdinović

Journal: Hell J Nucl Med. ;17(2):116-22.

 

Our aim was to validate eight scintigraphic salivary gland (SG) parameters, as diagnostic parameters in patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS). We used the standardized stimulated dynamic salivary gland scintigraphy (DSGS) protocol and correlated this with the unstimulated whole sialometry ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2014

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Clinical course, prognosis, and cause of death in primary Sjögren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Ildiko Fanny Horvath, Antonia Szanto, Gabor Papp, Margit Zeher

Journal: J Immunol Res. 2014 ;2014():647507.

 

The aim of this retrospective, single-centre study was to investigate the clinical and laboratory features and disease outcomes of 547 patients diagnosed with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) between 1975 and 2010. The patients were followed up for 11.4±6.2 years. We evaluated the ...

Last Updated: 25 Jun 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sjogren's Syndrome" returned 101 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Minor salivary gland biopsy in Sjögren's syndrome: a review and introduction of a new tool to ease the procedure.
 

Author(s): Pablo Varela-Centelles, Juan-Manuel Seoane-Romero, Mariña Sánchez-Sánchez, Antonio González-Mosquera, Pedro Diz-Dios, Juan Seoane

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To review the existing techniques for minor salivary gland biopsy (MSGB) in the lip and to suggest a new approach to ease the procedure and reduce post-operative complications.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2013

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The immune factors involved in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of Sjogren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Yi-fan Huang, Qian Cheng, Chun-miao Jiang, Shu An, Lan Xiao, Yong-chao Gou, Wen-jing Yu, Lei Lei, Qian-ming Chen, Yating Wang, Jun Wang

Journal: Clin. Dev. Immunol.. 2013 ;2013():160491.

 

Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is a systemic, autoimmune disorder characterized by salivary insufficiency and lymphocytic infiltration of the exocrine glands. Even though the mechanism of its pathology and progression has been researched ever since its discovery, the roles of different parts ...

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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The association between TNF-α, IL-10 gene polymorphisms and primary Sjögren's syndrome: a meta-analysis and systemic review.
 

Author(s): Baodong Qin, Jiaqi Wang, Yan Liang, Zaixing Yang, Renqian Zhong

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Previous studies have evaluated the associations of TNF-α, IL-10 gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to pSS, but the results remained controversial. To assess the associations between TNF-α-308, IL-10-1082, -819, -592 polymorphisms and pSS risk, a meta-analysis was conducted.

Last Updated: 31 May 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Abatacept for Patients With Inflammatory Arthritis Associated With Sjögren's Syndrome: an Open-Label Phase II Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Primary Sjogren's Syndrome; Secondary Sjogren's Syndrome; Inflammatory Arthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2014

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Laser Therapy to Treat the Dry Mouth of Sjogren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS SICCA; XEROSTOMIA; SICCA SYNDROME; PRIMARY SJOGREN SYNDROME

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2014

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Endoscopic Treatment of Salivary Glands Affected by Sjögren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sjögren's Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 3 Jun 2014

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