UW Health Sjogren’s Syndrome Clinic

>>Sjogrens Syndrome is a disease that really
has a lot of immunologic component to it which is something I’m interested in. And again, is complicated and really challenges
the physician to understand the mystery. Additionally it’s very individualized. So each patient has a very different
presentation from another patient. So it’s interesting. It’s dynamic and that really
caught my interest early on. Additionally it’s a long-term disease. So I get to care for these
patients over years and decades. And that’s something that also is attractive. Sjorgens Syndrome is — the
new diagnostic criteria that were released last year require a lot of different procedures, tests,
and different physicians. So I offer the unique ability
to be able to do most of these procedures in my clinic in one visit. So for example, I can measure
saliva and how much you produce which is part of our diagnosis now. I can measure a rudimentary tear flow. And I can perform a minor
salivary gland or lip biopsy which is a major part of our
diagnostic criterion now. So I’m trying to create as much
as possible a one-stop shop. I also do perform ultrasound which
is a growing and burgeoning portion of the diagnosis of Sjorgens Syndrome. What we do now for patient with
Sjorgens is treat the symptoms. And I am able to offer general — we spend a large portion of appointment
discussing the conservative management or how we treat the symptoms of Sjorgens. So we talk about dentition
and how to prevent cavities which is a big problem in our Sjorgens patients. We also have medicines to increase salivary
flow and there are newer medications to increase the amount of tears
that the eyes can produce. And so we do spend a large portion
talking about what we do have available and the new treatments available
to treat the symptoms of Sjorgens.

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