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Scand J Rheumatol. 2004;33(1):39-43.

Estimating the prevalence among Caucasian women of primary Sjögren's syndrome in two general practices in Birmingham, UK.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham, Medical School, Edgbaston, UK. s.j.bowman@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To establish the prevalence among women of primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS) in Birmingham, UK.

METHODS:

Eight hundred and forty-six female Caucasians from two general practitioner lists were invited to complete a questionnaire that included a screening question on dry eyes and mouth. Individuals who responded positively were evaluated further.

RESULTS:

Overall, 65/% of individuals who were sent a questionnaire responded. Two had possible PSS, but were negative for anti-Ro/La antibodies. Our estimates of the prevalence of PSS ranged from < 0.1% up to 0.4%, depending on the assumptions used.

CONCLUSION:

Our data support previous studies suggesting a prevalence of PSS in the community of 0.1-0.6% rather than those suggesting a higher figure.

PMID:
15124941
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