Here Are Clues A Patient Has Sjögren’s

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Response to antibiotics may help diagnose this autoimmune disorder and lead to proper treatment if properly differentiated from multiple sclerosis.

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Patients are tired of the routine—another doctor visit, another lab test, another copayment—not just because of the lack of a diagnosis but because fatigue is a promi­nent symptom. It seems some physicians have it in their head that this illness is only in the patient’s head. This time the patient is placated with an antibiotic for which, through blurry vision, she attempts to read side effects.

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?

A few celebrity battles have shed a dim spotlight on Sjögren's syndrome (pronounced SHOW-grins, sometimes spelled “Sjogren’s”). It increases one’s chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Perhaps because of its rarity or the lack of a cure, most physicians who do not specialize in autoimmune disorders are quick to dismiss Sjögren’s syndrome – even though the thesis describing its effects was published by Swedish ophthalmologist Dr. Henrik Sjögren in 1933. Relying on blood tests alone while ignoring a body of symptoms can delay diagnosis and prevent doctors from screening for NHL.

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