At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence, our doctors are not only committed to providing excellent and optimal care for our patients, but also strive to assist others in the community who may be affected with salivary gland stones, infections, or other disorders, including Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Our doctors are proud to be a supporter of the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, an organization which works to provide relief, research, and a community environment to bring together sufferers of the disorder. The Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation is a highly respected organization and invites people all around the world to learn more about the disorder which often brings sufferers salivary gland infections.
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What Is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which white blood cells attack the bodies moisture-producing glands, including the salivary glands. In America alone, it is estimated that there are nearly four-million sufferers, with nine out of ten sufferers being female.
When a person is afflicted with the disorder, there are few tell-tale symptoms, and a diagnosis requires the examination of an experienced salivary gland surgeon. Generally, those who have Sjogren’s experience dry eyes and a dry mouth before initially seeking help. Sjogren’s Syndrome has also been known to cause problems in other organs of the body, including the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, central nervous system, and the liver.
Because the symptoms surrounding Sjogren’s Syndrome often mimic other disorders, misdiagnosis is very common. If you suspect you may be afflicted with the disorder, it’s important to enlist the help of an experienced salivary stone doctor. The prognosis for sufferers of the disease is generally very good, with various treatment options available.
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation
The Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation began in 1983 as an outlet to help patients cope with a condition diagnosis, provide education about the disorder, and to support new research initiatives. Today, the foundation has grown into an international success and oversees more than eighty support groups throughout Canada and the United States and serves as the top organization for Sjogren’s groups across the globe.
One of the ultimate goals of the Sjorgren’s Syndrome Foundation is to expand awareness surrounding the condition for not only its sufferers, but also doctors and nurses who treat the disorder. The foundation is recognized by the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence, which ensures positive organizational effectiveness. Each year, the organization holds three patient seminars for sufferers and their families, which allows patients to meet with others who have the condition while educating all in attendance.
Some of La Peer’s top surgeons, including the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence’s Medical Director and Otolaryngologist, Babak Larian, MD, FACS, participated in an annual trip to Guatemala in April, 2013. It was a mission to treat medical problems in one of Guatemala’s rural indigenous areas, in which the medical team performed more than 100 surgeries for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
The mission was organized by HELPS International, a nonprofit organization who recruits volunteers to work in impoverished areas of Central and Latin America. Many members of La Peer Health Systems travel with this mission annually, committed to helping underprivileged populations with medical needs.
Contact The Salivary Stone Center of Excellence Today
If you would like to learn more about Sjogren’s Syndrome, or are interested in finding out how you can help donate to the cause, we encourage you to contact the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles today schedule your initial appointment by calling (888) 576-5946. Our doctors are passionate about helping others lead an improved quality of life, no matter what type of salivary gland disorder they may be suffering from.
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Please read this WebMD article on Sjogren’s Syndrome.
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