Mrs X had become aware that her mouth had become very dry over a number of years. Many foods were difficult to swallow without a drink. An Oral Medicine specialist opinion was asked for. From the history, examination and investigations a diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome was made. This was affecting the patient in other ways and not just in the mouth. The nature of the condition was discussed and the priorities for management agreed. A number of concerns were addressed and control of symptoms involving the mouth improved. Multidisciplinary care also involved specialists in restorative dentistry and rheumatology.
To find out more about this condition read the Patient Information Leaflet (PiL) prepared by the Society on Sjögren’s Syndrome.