This is a chronic disorder which affects the immune system and is characterised by two common symptoms – dry eyes and a dry mouth. The condition can occur by itself or often with other autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma and other rheumatic conditions.
Sjogren's syndrome can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms can vary from one person to another and can be similar to those caused by other conditions. Symptoms generally appear between the ages of 45 and 55. It affects 10 times as many women as men. Approximately 50% of those affected with Sjogren's also have rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue diseases such as lupus. The condition can affect other parts of the body including the lungs, brain, nerves, joints, kidneys, thyroid and liver.
Treatment of the condition is based on the symptoms and extent of the condition. Where the condition affects the joints and other parts of the body, immunosuppressive agents and steroids can be used to treat the condition.
The condition can be classified as follows:
Primary Sjogren's where the condition occurs alone i.e. dry eyes and dry mouth
Secondary Sjogren's where the condition occurs with another connective tissue disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma or systemic lupus erythematous
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