Dr. Cottle is the first doctor in Austin to offer Sjö™
Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) Syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as 4 million Americans are living with this disease. Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjögren’s also causes serious complications throughout the entire body, resulting in dysfunction of the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas and the central nervous system. Patients may also experience extreme fatigue and joint pain and have a higher risk of developing lymphoma. Nine out of 10 patients are women.
Early diagnosis and proper treatment of Sjögren’s Syndrome is important. In the past, reaching a diagnosis can often be difficult and has been found to take an average of 4.7 years from the onset of symptoms. Lip biopsies, which are painful, have often been the only definitive test available. In the past, testing with bloodwork fails to identify the disease in the early stages.
Now we have advanced diagnostic testing for the early detection of Sjögren’s Syndrome. Often, Dry Eye Disease can be the first sign of Sjögren’s Syndrome. The advanced diagnostic panel involves the detection of traditional markers combined with three novel, proprietary biomarkers, which allow for earlier detection of the disease.