Sjögren’s syndrome

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Posted on By Sumudu Medawela In Practice Management

Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease mainly affecting the salivary and lacrimal glands, usually occurring in adults. Sjögren's syndrome can occur alone or in the presence of another connective tissue disease, respectively called primary and secondary Sjögren syndrome. When two of the three clinical hallmarks: keratoconjunctivitis sicca, xerostomia or connective tissue diseases are present, Sjögren's syndrome should be considered.[4]

Reported herein is a case of secondary Sjögren syndrome in a 46 year old female patient presented with dry mouth and bilateral facial swelling and pain during meal time for last two years and on medications for hypothyroidism, dry eyes and arthritis

Considering the history, clinical and radiographic demonstration of sialogram, the clinical diagnosis was made as Sjogren’s syndrome and the diagnosis was confirmed by labial gland biopsy. Currently patient is being managed symptomatically for her oral conditions with regular review and other medical problems are being managed by relevant specialties.

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