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What is Sjorgens

The illness is named after a physician Sjogren and is named Sjogren's Syndrome. Sjogren's Syndrome or SS is an "autoimmune exocrinopathy" or condition where the tear producing lacrimal glands in the eye and saliva producing glands in the mouth are damaged and sometimes destroyed by the bodies own white blood cells, Most patients complain of dry eyes often with the foreign body or sandy or gritty sensation and dry mouth, Blood tests taht may be abnormal include ANA, anti-Ro also known as Sjogren Syndrome or SSA and anti-La or SSB. Treatment can include artificial tears and saliva. There are 2 prescription medications to increase saliva production, evoxac and salagen. Patients with SS can have arthritis and this can be treated with hydroxychloroquine or plaquenil, Rarely, patients with primary SS develop lung, kiney or brain problems and medication such as steroids or cytotoxics may be required. Finally SS can appear in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and dermaopolymyositis and then is referred to as Secondary Sjogren's Syndrome.

Sjorgens' syndrome is an autoimmune disease, which means that it causes the body's defence system to attack parts of the body's own tissue. Most of the damage done by Sjorgens' syndrome is to the glands which produce saliva and tears; it sometimes also affects production of stomach acid, making eating difficult. This condition is also classified as a connective tissue disease because it causes damage to the body's connective tissue, such as the padding on the soles of the feet. In some cases, Sjorgens' syndrome can cause swelling and soreness in joints.

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