Prognosis of Sjogren's Syndrome


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About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Sjogren's Syndrome usually refers to the likely outcome of Sjogren's Syndrome. The prognosis of Sjogren's Syndrome may include the duration of Sjogren's Syndrome, chances of complications of Sjogren's Syndrome, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Sjogren's Syndrome, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Sjogren's Syndrome. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Prognosis of Sjogren's Syndrome: Not life threatening. Not life-shortening. Lifelong treatment.
Prognosis for Sjogren's Syndrome: Sjogren's can damage vital organs of the body with symptoms that may plateau, worsen, or go into remission. Some people may experience only the mild symptoms of dry eyes and mouth, while others go through cycles of good health followed by severe disease. Many patients are able to treat problems symptomatically. Others are forced to cope with blurred vision, constant eye discomfort, recurrent mouth infections, swollen parotid glands, hoarseness, and difficulty in swallowing and eating. Debilitating fatigue and joint pain can seriously impair quality of life. 1 ... The disease has a benign course, but in rare cases malignant cancer of the lymph nodes may develop. 2
Complications: see complications of Sjogren's Syndrome

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Sjogren's Syndrome Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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