Sjögren’s Syndrome in the Elderly
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Sjögren’s syndrome is an important disease for the geriatric population in part because it often affects the elderly. In addition, it is a major women’s health issue that is often overlooked and neglected. It is important to distinguish the condition from age-related exocrine gland pathology and drug-induced ocular and oral dryness. Age-related physiological and pathological changes may exacerbate the patient’s symptoms. Understanding the pathogenesis of this disease may also provide important clues of the relationship among aging, autoimmunity, and cancer. This chapter focuses the discussion on the effect of aging on the clinical manifestation and treatment consideration in the geriatrics population.
KeywordsSjögren’s syndrome Aging Autoimmunity Cancer