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Dry eye disease also might influence psychological status and quality of life in patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome

Authors Han SB

Received 3 September 2018

Accepted for publication 16 September 2018

Published 18 October 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 2217—2219


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Sang Beom Han

Department of Ophthalmology, Kangwon National University Hospital, Kangwon National University Graduate School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea

I read with great interest the article by Cui et al1 entitled “The impact of disease activity and psychological status on quality of life for Chinese patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome”, in which the authors revealed that primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) could significantly impair the quality of life (QoL) of the patients, and measuring QoL might be an important part of the comprehensive management of the disease.1 This case–control study was undoubtfully well designed and conducted by quantifying the symptoms and disease activity using various scales and indices.1 A recent study also showed that patients with pSS showed decreased QoL with mood disorders.2

Authors' reply

Yafei Cui1–3,* Lin Li2,4,* Ling Xia1,* Qian Zhao2 Shengnan Chen2 Ting Fu1 Juan Ji1 Zhifeng Gu1

1Department of Rheumatology, Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, China; 2School of Nursing, Nantong University, Nantong, China; 3Department of Nursing, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China; 4Department of Nursing, Changzhou Second People’s Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Changzhou, China
*These authors contributed equally to this work
The primary purpose of the present study was to survey the quality of life (QoL) in primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) and to analyze the relationships between disease activity, anxiety/depression, fatigue, pain, age, oral disorders, impaired swallowing, sicca symptoms, and QoL. Sicca symptoms were assessed by the dryness domain of the European League against Rheumatism Sjögren’s Syndrome Patient-Reported Index, which was designed to evaluate patients’ symptoms and complaints. Among dryness features, oral and ocular dryness were considered as being the priority dryness.1

View the original paper by Cui and colleagues.

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