Sjogren's syndrome is a disorder in your immune system that is characterized by dry mouth and dry eyes. The condition is often accompanied with other immune system disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. There is decreased production of tears and saliva as the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first.
HOW IS SJOGREN'S SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
It might be difficult for a general physician to diagnose the condition as the signs and symptoms are similar to side effects of some medications. Blood tests, eye tests along with imaging tests such as sialography, salivary scintigraphy and biopsy are all needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS SJOGREN'S SYNDROME TREATED?
Over the counter eye drops may be used to relieve dryness of eyes. Medication to increase saliva production may be prescribed. In some cases doctors may perform a minor operation to seal the tear glands.
DID YOU KNOW?
This syndrome creates greater risk for lymphatic cancer.