Early Diagnosis Important for Sjogren’s Syndrome

Early diagnosis is crucial for people suffering from autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s Syndrome, as well as quick treatment and constant monitoring, according to a report in the Korea Times.

Sjogren’s leads to significantly reduced tears and dry mouth because “the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands” around the eyes and mouth “are the first to be affected,” noted Park Hee-in, a rheumatologist at Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary’s Hospital in the Korea Times report.

As readers of the blog know, women are much more likely to develop Sjogren’s and, while anyone of any age can be afflicted, it is more often people older than 40. Also, other immune system disorders can accompany Sjogren’s such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

The dry mouth side effects of Sjogren’s can cause a variety of issues such as tooth decay, due to the lack of saliva which protects teeth from bacteria, as well as difficulties in swallowing and speaking. Sjogren’s can also progressively affect the “nerves, skin, joints, kidneys, liver, lungs and thyroid gland,” according to the report.

Sjogren’s Syndrome is among the many disorders for which a global awareness campaign has been launched by EURORDIS, an alliance of patient organizations and others. Rare Disease Day is held on the last February of each year.

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