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Question: How does one document keratoconjunctivitis sicca?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Answer: Many believe that Sjögren’s syndrome is underdiagnosed. The first step is to ask the appropriate historical questions. Inquiries about eye grittiness or the ability to eat crackers without water have been suggested as nonleading ways to ask about dryness. Schirmer’s test can document diminished output of the lacrimal glands. Likewise, biopsy of the salivary […]

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Question: What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Answer: Sjögren’s syndrome is an inflammatory disease of exocrine glands manifested primarily by dryness of the eyes and mouth. It can occur as an isolated entity (primary Sjögren’s syndrome) or in association with another rheumatic disease, commonly RA or SLE (secondary Sjögren’s syndrome). Reference: Koopman WJ (ed): Arthritis and Allied Conditions: A Textbook of Rheumatology, […]

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