Sjögren’s Syndrome: A Common, Complex, Misunderstood Autoimmune Disease
Sjögren's syndrome is more than just dry eyes and dry mouth; it is a complex, systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Primary care clinicians are in a unique position to help patients make sense of the complex array of symptoms to reach a diagnosis, make a referral to a rheumatologist when possible, or if needed, fully treat the disease. As the number of rheumatologists in the U.S. declines, it is essential that primary care clinicians understand how to diagnose and manage Sjögren’s syndrome in order to help patients live fully and comfortably with their disease.
CEO & Medical Director
North Georgia Rheumatology Group
Clinical Associate Professor
Philadelphia College of Medicine - GA Campus
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty:
Theresa Lawrence Ford, MD
Advisory Board for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Flexion Therapeutics Inc.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline; Horizon Therapeutics plc; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Mallinckrodt; Pfizer Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and UCB. Contracted Research for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Celgene Corporation; GlaxoSmithKline; Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Incyte Corporation; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and Viela Bio. Speaker’s Bureau for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Flexion Therapeutics Inc.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline; Horizon Therapeutics plc; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Mallinckrodt; Pfizer Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and UCB.
Judith Furlong, MD, FAAFP
No financial relationships to disclose.
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