Re: What tests are there to check for sjogren's?
These are the current criteria for diagnosis in North America and Europe, I believe:
According to the American-European classification system (as modified by Tzioufas and Voulgarelis ), diagnosis of primary Sjögren syndrome requires 4 of 6 of the below criteria; in addition, either criterion number 5 or criterion number 6 must be included. Sjögren syndrome can be diagnosed in patients who have no sicca symptoms if 3 of 4 objective criteria are fulfilled. The criteria are as follows:
Ocular symptoms - Dry eyes for more than 3 months, foreign-body sensation, use of tear substitutes more than 3 times daily
Oral symptoms - Feeling of dry mouth, recurrently swollen salivary glands, frequent use of liquids to aid swallowing
Ocular signs - Schirmer test performed without anesthesia (< 5 mm in 5 min), positive vital dye staining results
Oral signs - Abnormal salivary scintigraphy findings, abnormal parotid sialography findings, abnormal sialometry findings (unstimulated salivary flow < 1.5mL in 15min)
Positive minor salivary gland biopsy findings
Positive anti–SSA or anti–SSB antibody results
Of course, secondary Sjogren's has different criteria and there are exclusion criteria as well. And of course, I'm just a patient who has secondary Sjogren's at that. So consult with your Dr. There may be other diagnostic criteria that can be used as well, so these are just the ones I know about. I also wanted to mention that there may be a new set of criteria for research purposes, as well. So there is a certain amount of updating going on as more knowledge is gained.
Last edited by luca689; 11-29-2012 at 08:09 AM.
Reason: adding info