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    How is Sjogren's syndrome diagnosed?

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    Dr Alexander Lozynsky

    Allergy Specialist & Immunologist

    Consultant allergist and immunologist, with particular interest in allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, allergic respiratory disorders, food allergies and sensitivity and allergic skin conditions, including atopic … View Profile

    Sjogren's syndrome is diagnosed by the eye symptoms - dry, gritty, burning sensation,and reduced tear production, which can be confirmed by an abnormal Schirmer test that measures the amount of tears produced in 5 minutes. Symptoms related to dry mouth, dental decay, oral fungal infection and trouble swallowing, especially dry foods.
    The diagnosis can be confirmed by blood tests that measure specific autoantibodies (SS-A and SS-B). As neurological disorders, with involvement of the cranial and peripheral nerves, can develop in this condition, this needs to be examined by the physician.     

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