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August 1, 2012

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  • An Update on Sjogren's Syndrome

    Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune condition that leads to chronic inflammation with salivary and lacrimal gland dysfunction. The diagnosis of Sjogren's often is delayed by several years because the initial presenting symptoms can be non-specific. However, some manifestations of Sjogren's may be life threatening, including brain damage and cancer. It is very important for the primary care physician to recognize the early signs and symptoms and to initiate the appropriate workup and treatment in coordination with consulting specialists to prevent further morbidity and mortality.