The prevalence of Sjojgren's syndrome in Behcet's syndrome

Gunaydin I., Ustundag C., Kaner G., Pazarli H., Yurdakul S., HAMURYUDAN V. , ...Daha Fazla

Journal of Rheumatology, cilt.21, sa.9, ss.1662-1664, 1994 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 1994
  • Dergi Adı: Journal of Rheumatology
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1662-1664


Objective. The role of autoimmune mechanisms in Behcet's syndrome (BS) is debated. Sjogren's syndrome (SS) accompanies most autoimmune diseases. Thus we investigated the prevalence of SS in BS in a formal protocol. Methods. The study was conducted in 2 phases. During the first phase subjective symptoms;of dryness were blindly assessed by questionnaires and Schirmer I and Saxon tests were done in 67 patients with BS and 100 healthy and diseased controls. During the 2nd phase 30 patients with BS and 19 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had salivary gland biopsies along with rose bengal dye, Schirmer I and tear breakup time tests. Results. During the first phase only patients with primary SS had significantly abnormal findings. However during the 2nd phase pathologic changes in salivary gland biopsies and positive RB tests were highly significantly more prevalent among patients with RA. Conclusion. SS is not a feature of BS.