Sjogren's Syndrome

Autoimmune Disorders

Signs and Symptoms

  • Swelling of joints
  • Inflammation of eyelids
  • Tooth decay

Pathogenesis

Immune system mistakenly attacks the human body's cell and tissues

Diagnosis

  • Blood tests
  • Shirmer tests
  • Slit-lamp tests
  • Sialogram
  • Salivary scintigraphy
  • Chest X-ray
  • Biopsy
  • Spit test
  • Urine Sample

Management

There is no cure for Sjogren's Syndrome but there are methods of keeping your symptoms in control to live a normal life

Prognosis

As long as oral and eye hygiene are controlled, most people can proceed to have a great life. However if the disease leads to complications such biliary cirrhosis or lymphoma, the outlook on the patient's progress diminishes.

Epidemology

It is felt that the syndrome is hereditary but it is known that most cases occur in woman more than men.