Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune condition impairing many bodily functions and has been found to increase the risk of shingles. Researchers examined data, tracking 4,287 patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome and 25,722 healthy controls.
Dry eyes of those who have this autoimmune disease.
Patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome had their dry mouth and eyes treated with immunosuppressants and pharmacological drugs like corticosteroids. They were then subdivided into 4 groups; where no drug therapy was given to the 1st group, the 2nd group received only corticosteroids, the 3rd group only received immunosuppressants and the 4th group received combined drug therapies.
463 patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome developed shingles along with 1,345 individuals from the control group. The incidence of shingles in patients with Sjögren’s syndrome were higher when compared to the control group. The incidence of shingles was also found to increase with age and that immunosuppressants and corticosteroids increased the risk of shingles.
Therefore, researchers concluded that patients with Sjögren’s syndrome are at a higher risk for shingles compared to healthy individuals.
Jen-Yin Chen, L.-K. W. P.-H. F. C.-C. C. T.-J. C. S.-F. W. S.-Z. W. T.-H. L. C.-Y. C., 2015. Risk of Shingles in Adults with Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome and Treatments: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study. [Online]
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[Accessed 10 Febuary 2016].