What causes symptoms of Sicca syndrome along with fatigue and lymphadenopathy
? Is it A mixed Connective tissue disease
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I have gone through your history. Well the symptoms of sicca along with fatigue and lymphadenopathy along with SSA positive do fit into sjogrens syndrome. But yes, the diagnosis can only be confirmed by a positive salivary gland biopsy as most of these connective tissue diseases are clinically diagnosed.
Pertaining to your queries:
1. CENP B is quite a specific antibody for limited scleroderma. It co relates very well with your raynauds although raynauds itself can present along with Sjogrens syndrome. It is more like a symptom than a conclusion. But if CENP B is positive, it goes high in favor of limited systemic sclerosis. No, it is not common in healthy people
2. Yes, you can have raynauds for another few years before any symptoms of sclerosis develop Exact duration, one cant predict. But what you need to understand for the disease is that it is a very slow progressive. It can take up to 10-15 years before any further symptoms develop. Exact percentage one cant predict, but studies say 20-30 %.
3. As for CENP B positive, the most common problem is raynauds. Later patients develop skin tightening which is limited to fingers and feet. The next common thing you need to monitor is your Heart Pressures. Once a year 2d Echo to asses for pulmonary ARtery PRessure has to be done. Lungs and kidneys are less common of the involvement in CENP B positive patients
4. I doubt you would have sjogrens since childhood. Some event has happened in between which has triggered the antibody formation in you and caused these symptoms.
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Why do you think this might be MCTD instead of Sjøgrens Syndrome (SSA) with a secondary CTD (CENP-B)?
Instead of a salivary gland biopsy they took a ultrasound of major salivary glands that showed atrophy. Schirmer test 0 mm!
So when I have a positive CENP-B along with Raynaud it will be 100% sure that I will develop limited systemic sclerosis?
Is it not common that limited systemic sclerosis affect the skin in the face and the lungs?
Why is my lymph glands so cronically swullen all the time?
What is the best medication for Sjøgren? Especially for the fatigue since this is my biggest problem. Will Plaquenil make the progression of Limited sclerosis even slower?
Well there is no such terminology as a secondary CTD. We use it for only Sjogrens ( Primary vs Secondary). It can very well be an overlap between Sjogrens and systemic Sclerosis. ( Overlap Syndrome)
2. If the schirmmer is 0 as well along with salivary gland atrophy, It definitely confirms Sjogrens Syndrome.
3. Not necessarily that you will develop full blown limited systemic Sclerosis. As i mentioned earlier, just antibody positivity does not imply you are gonna have a full blown disease. It gives us an implication on what we need to monitor in due course of time. Limited Systemic Sclerosis does affect the lungs but in a very late stage. The skin involvement is usually limited to hands( upto elbows) and the feet with rare involvement of face. There is never a kidney involvement in it. But the disease progression is very slow and one is never sure when you will develop the symptoms.
4. Your swollen lymph glands are probably due to Sjogrens. Never the less, if they havent done a Biopsy for it yet, i would recommend you to get it done.Just to be sure it is a non specific enlargement due to sjogrens and not any other condition which we are missing.
5. As for the medication, Plaquenil is a very good drug but no it wont stop the progression of limited sclerosis.We never use it for Limited Sclerosis either. But if the lymph nodes are quite swollen, we tend to use a low dose of steroids. It will help your fatigue and the swollen glands as well.
Also, you should discuss with your rheumatologist about the B cell therapy( Rituximab). Considering Sjogrens and Systemic Sclerosis as both originator from the B Cells, Rituximab has recently been used in the early stages to halt the progression of the disease. It is still not FDA approved, but lot of research work is going on for it and has shown good results.
Hope the information was useful
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Would be happy to help you out
One last question: I have brown pigment spots in my face (comes especially after sun exposure). Do you think it has something to do with Connective tissue disease?
Thanx a lot!!:))
it can be a part of it
Well, it can be a part of it. A lot of pigmentation and photosenstivity which are unexplained can accompany the Connective tissue disease. Although such spots are more common with SLE, but can be seen in any connective tissue disease. Try using a good sunscreen lotion( with SPF 50). That should help control these photosenstive spots
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