Is The Flu Vaccine Safe For Sjögren’s Patients?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, November is the best month to get a flu vaccination. Studies have shown flu vaccines are safe for most patients with autoimmune disorders, although the overall effectiveness of the vaccinations for people with these disorders may be diminished. "Although there have been rare cases of healthy individuals developing autoimmune disorders after a routine vaccination, the problem with Sjögren's and other autoimmune patients is different," said Daniel W...
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How Sjögren’s Syndrome May Influence The Expression Of Other Connective Tissue Diseases

The influence of secondary Sjögren's on the course of other connective tissue diseases has not been closely examined. In rheumatoid arthritis patients the coexistence of secondary Sjögren's reportedly has little effect on the course of arthritis or other clinical manifestations. however, dryness of the gastrointestinal tract from sjögren's syndrome could potentially exacerbate a variety of problems common to these disorders including reflux, dysphagia, dyspepsia (upset stomach) and constipation....
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Is It Possible To Have Sjogrens With Normal Blood Tests

Q: I have terrible dry eyes and mouth, but my blood work is normal. Is it possible to have Sjogren's syndrome and still have normal blood tests? A: patients can have immune-related Sjogren's syndrome with normal immune testing. However, the overwhelming majority have autoantibodies. Patients with negative tests should be evaluated for the administration of drugs known to produce dryness or viruses associated withsicca syndrome (e.g. hepatitis). In these situations, a salivary gland biopsy or im...
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