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Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s Syndrome is a systemic auto-immune
disease
characterised by dry mouth and dry eyes and
various
auto-immune changes, confirmed by a blood
test or
salivary gland biopsy.

Sjögren’s syndrome can occur as an independent, primary
condition, “
Primary Sjögren’s syndrome”, or accompany
another
auto-immune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis,
in which case it is known as
Secondary Sjögren’s syndrome.

In addition to dryness of the mucous membranes and skin,
Sjögren’s syndrome can also lead to:

  1. general symptoms such as fatigue, musculo-skeletal
    pain and less commonly
  2. pathological changes in internal organs and
  3. various complications such as caries (dental decay),
    candidosis (Thrush), congenital heart block and
    lymphoma.

Sjögren’s syndrome can have profound effects on the mouth
(hence its inclusion on this web-site).

This is a broad subject and other people / websites explain it
far better than me.

I list here some very useful websites and also a variety of
articles about
Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Last Updated 20th April 2016
Websites:

NHS Direct

Sjögren’s Syndrome Society

British Sjögrens Syndrome Association        

Patient UK

Revised International Classification Criteria for Sjögren's Syndrome

Emedicine (Connective Tissue Disorders)

Emedicine (Rheumatology)

Emedicine (Rheumatology)


Articles:

Ann Rheum Dis 2002.  CONSENSUS REPORT.  Classification criteria for Sjögren’
s syndrome: a revised version of the European criteria proposed by the American-
European Consensus Group.

Oral Diseases 2002.  Current Issues in Sjoegren’s Syndrome

Am Fam Physician 2009.  Diagnosis & Management of Sjögren Syndrome

BMJ 2012.  Practice Pointer.  Primary Sjögren Syndrome

BDJ 2012.  Sjögren's Syndrome – An Update for Dental Practitioners


British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association - Sjögren's Syndrome

British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association - Diagnosing Sjögren’s Syndrome

British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association -  Treatment of Sjögren's Syndrome

British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association - General Advice on Sjögren's Syndrome


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) -
What is Sjogren's Syndrome?


Eastman Dental Institute, Oral Medicine Clinic - Provisional Diagnosis of Sjögren’s
Syndrome Patient Information Sheet

Eastman Dental Institute, Oral Medicine Clinic - Sjögren’s Syndrome Patient
Information Sheet