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Question: Are patients with Sjögren’s syndrome at increased risk for certain malignancies?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Answer: Yes-non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The lymphomas are usually B cell-derived, and some patients also have serum protein spikes. The diagnosis of tumor may be difficult, given that the nonmalignant lymphoid infiltration of lymphocytes often simulates neoplasm (pseudolymphoma). Reference: Talal N: Sjögren’s syndrome and connective tissue diseases association with other immunologic disorders. In McCarty DJ, Koopman WJ […]

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Question: What percent of patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome subsequently develop a connective tissue syndrome?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Answer: If symptoms of an underlying connective tissue disease do not appear within 12 months of the keratoconjunctivitis sicca, the chances are approximately 10% that it will appear later in life. Reference: Talal N: Sjögren’s syndrome and connective tissue diseases association with other immunologic disorders. In McCarty DJ, Koopman WJ (eds): Arthritis and Allied Conditions, […]

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