|What is Peripheral Neuropathy|
|Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms|
|Types of Peripheral Neuropathy|
|Evaluation and Tests|
|Treatment and Therapy|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
Types of Peripheral Neuropathy - Inflammatory
It is estimated that one to four million people in America suffer from Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy moisture-producing glands. The disease typically affects people in their 40s, and 90% of the patients are women. Its hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and a dry mouth, which are caused by a reduction in the production of tears and saliva, respectively. Some patients with Sjögren's may develop peripheral neuropathy.
Sjögren's is often called a rheumatic disease, which means it is characterized by inflammation in joints, muscles, skin, or other body tissue. Sjögren's is also considered a disorder of connective tissue, which is the framework of the body that supports organs and tissues (joints, muscles and skin). People with Sjögren's may have features of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and vasculitis.
Sjögren's progresses slowly and is often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other diseases. The characteristic dryness may be hard to accurately detect because dryness is often a side effect of various medications used to treat other medical conditions. Researchers think Sjögren's is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The onset of the disease may be triggered by a viral or bacterial infection.
Without proper treatment, Sjögren's may cause significant damage to important organs such as the kidneys, liver and lungs. People with unexplained dryness in their mouth or eyes that lasts for several months should discuss their symptoms with a doctor.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
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EVALUATION AND TESTS
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TREATMENT AND THERAPY
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