Sjögren’s Syndrome – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. To diagnose the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s syndrome, physicians measure tear and saliva production, as well as immune system activity. Dr. Gabor Illei, head of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic at the NIH explains.
Illei: We can measure tear production fairly easily; we can measure saliva production fairly easily. And we can do biopsies of the minor salivary glands which are small glands in the inner side of the lip and then look under the microscope if there is inflammation.
Narrator: That inflammation may damage tissues or impair function. To learn more about Sjögren’s Syndrome, visit www.nidcr.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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