Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease, which is when the immune system mistakenly attacks tissues that are naturally present in the body.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

What are the symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome?

The disease most frequently manifests with dryness in the eyes, mouth or vagina.

Many other symptoms may also occur, including:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic diffuse pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Memory impairment
  • Neuropathology

How is Sjögren’s syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis combines:

  • Review of symptoms
  • Thorough clinical exam
  • Additional blood tests for specific autoantibodies
  • Radiological evaluation
  • Biopsy of minor salivary glands<0}

These exams may be supplemented with functional investigations and opinions from different doctors specialized in specific organs, such as an ophthalmologist, stomatologist, pulmonologist, neurologist, cardiologist, nephrologist or pain specialist.

It is possible to perform all of these investigative exams and obtain specialist opinions at the American Hospital of Paris, with little wait time.
Each patient’s care and the associated decisions are discussed during weekly multidisciplinary meetings in order to guarantee an optimal treatment plan in line with the latest international recommendations.

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