Sjögren syndrome in childhood
Reference of this article: Peñalver Ildefonso I, García Ruiz T, Peñalver Sánchez MA, Ceballos Salobreña A. Sjögren syndrome in childhood. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2001;3:57-65.
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The Sjögren syndrome (SS) is a self-immune systemic illness, which affects mainly to
middle age women. Its symptomatology consists of dryness in the mouth (xerostomy) and
eyes (xeroftalmy), and it is rarely present in children.
In this paper we describe the case of an 8-year-old girl, who attended our paediatric
consulting room of primary care. At the moment of her visit she presented xerostomy and
after examination she was diagnosed the SS.
This case is interesting because:
a) The whole diagnose was carried out in Primary Care.
b) To our knowledge this is the only case described in Spain, and only a few have been
described in other countries.
c) The apparent cause of the start of the syndrome was an asymptomatic Parvovirus
B19 infection, which was confirmed serologically.
Keywords● Parvovirus B19 ● Sjögren syndrome in childhood ● Xerostomy