What is the most common associated disorder with Sjögren syndrome?
Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth. The condition often accompanies other immune system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
What are the long term effects of Sjogren’s syndrome?
If Sjögren’s syndrome isn’t treated appropriately, significant, long-term complications could result that affect your eyes, mouth, lungs, kidneys, liver or lymph nodes — complications including blindness, significant dental destruction and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Is Sjögren’s a debilitating disease?
Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which white blood cells attack tear and saliva glands, has gained recognition as a debilitating illness over the last several years.
Can Sjogren’s be reversed?
The damage to salivary glands in Sjogren’s syndrome cannot be reversed, but the symptoms can be controlled and, rarely, the disease goes into remission.
What mimics Sjogren’s syndrome?
Importantly, evaluate the patient for disorders associated with Sjögren syndrome, including the following:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Primary biliary cirrhosis.
- Chronic active hepatitis.
What can mimic Sjögren’s?
Other autoimmune disorders may also mimic Sjogren’s….Conditions that mimic Sjogren’s
- tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- oral contraceptives.
- blood pressure medications.
Is Sjogren’s a form of lupus?
It is estimated that up to 15 to 18 percent of people living with lupus also have Sjogren’s syndrome. It is considered primary Sjogren’s syndrome when it occurs on its own, with no other autoimmune conditions present. If a person has it and another autoimmune issue, it is considered secondary Sjogren’s syndrome.