The syndrome may present alone (primary) or in association with an underlying connective tissue disorder (secondary). In elderly people Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) is subclinical, relatively common and benign. In the elderly Sjogren’s syndrome should be considered when sicca symptoms occur with systemic manifestations. Approximately 40% of xerostomia in the elderly is due to Sjorgren’s syndrome and accounts up to 20% of Sjorgren’s syndrome; arthralgias, Raynaud’s phenomenon and purpura were common extraglandular manifestations. It is important to distinguish age-related gland pathology, drug-induced ocular and oral dryness from that due to SS.
KeywordsSjogren’s syndrome Xerostomia Raynaud’s phenomenon Purpura
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