October 9, 2015
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Sjogren's Syndrome (cont.)

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Sjögren's syndrome is an area of active immunology research. Many new treatments will be available in the near future. Recent research has suggested that rituximab (Rituxan) may be beneficial for many features of Sjögren's syndrome.

Sjögren's syndrome is named after a Swedish ophthalmologist, Henrik Sjögren. In the early 1900s, Sjögren called the syndrome "keratoconjunctivitis sicca." The name sicca syndrome is technically now used only to describe the combination of dryness of the mouth and eyes, regardless of cause. The term sicca refers to the dryness of the eyes (and mouth).

Medically reviewed by John A. Seibel, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Endocrinology & Metabolism


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Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Sjögrens Syndrome

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com

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