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 1241 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A qualitative exploration of physical, mental and ocular fatigue in patients with primary Sjögren's Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Rebecca J Stack, Sue Southworth, Benjamin A Fisher, Francesca Barone, Christopher D Buckley, Saaeha Rauz, Simon J Bowman

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Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) affects exocrine glands such as those producing the tear film, leading to dry and painful eyes, but is also associated with fatigue. The experience of fatigue in pSS, and its relationship with sicca symptoms, is poorly understood.

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2017

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Aire-deficient mice provide a model of corneal and lacrimal gland neuropathy in Sjögren's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Feeling Y Chen, Albert Lee, Shaokui Ge, Sara Nathan, Sarah M Knox, Nancy A McNamara

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Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a chronic, autoimmune exocrinopathy that leads to severe dryness of the mouth and eyes. Exocrine function is highly regulated by neuronal mechanisms but little is known about the link between chronic inflammation, innervation and altered exocrine function ...

Last Updated: 19 Sep 2017

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Interferon-γ treatment in vitro elicits some of the changes in cathepsin S and antigen presentation characteristic of lacrimal glands and corneas from the NOD mouse model of Sjögren's Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Zhen Meng, Wannita Klinngam, Maria C Edman, Sarah F Hamm-Alvarez

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Inflammation and impaired secretion by lacrimal and salivary glands are hallmarks of the autoimmune disease, Sjögren's Syndrome. These changes in the lacrimal gland promote dryness and inflammation of the ocular surface, causing pain, irritation and corneal damage. The changes that ...

Last Updated: 13 Sep 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Sjogren's Syndrome" returned 128 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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Safety, Pharmacokinetics and Preliminary Efficacy Study of CFZ533 in Patients With Primary Sjögren's Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017

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