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Title: What is Sjogren's Syndrome?
Post by: Spring on July 11, 2016, 12:51:51 PM
What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

Sjogren's Syndrome is a chronic, slowly progressive autoimmune disease that affects the "exocrine" (moisture producing) glands of the body. It is classified as a "connective tissue disease." Some other types of connective tissue diseases are: Lupus, Scleroderma, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ninety percent of those afflicted with SS are women. Sjogrens can accompany other autoimmune diseases, most frequently seen in conjunction with Rheumatoid Arthritis. When it is found with another connective tissue disease, it is called "secondary sjs."

Sjogren's Syndrome is classified as "primary sjs" when no other connective tissue disease is present. Sjogren's Syndrome causes dry eyes, dry mouth, and it can also affect other major organ systems. Uncommonly, it can affect the central nervous system.
Title: Re: What is Sjogren's Syndrome?
Post by: MudHerald on September 18, 2017, 05:30:33 PM
Exactly! I have known few who has and it's depressing to their family because it's not curable and it leads to early death :-[
Title: Re: What is Sjogren's Syndrome?
Post by: Linda196 on September 18, 2017, 07:53:41 PM
There is no evidence that Sjogren's Syndrome on it's own limits life expectancy, although it can lead to complications or other systemic diseases that can, and is often found in conjunction with related autoimmune diseases (Lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, etc) that do have a reduced life expectancy.