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Oral pilocarpine for the treatment of ocular symptoms in patients with Sjögren’s syndrome: a randomised 12 week controlled study
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  • Published on:
    Reply to Dr Chan et al's comments on oral pilocarpine for ocular symptoms in Sjogren's syndrome
    • Alexandros A Drosos, Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Niki Tsifetaki, George Kitsos, Yannis Alamanos, Paraskevi V. Voulgari

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Chan and collaborators for their interest in our study and for their comments.[1] As concerns the patients’ selection, we excluded patients with serious medical problems such as heart, and lung diseases, as well as other ophthalmological disorders including glaucoma. Thus, none of our patients were treated with beta-blockers and none were on hormone replacement therapy which may exacerbate d...

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    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Comments on oral pilocarpine for ocular symptoms in Sjõgren’s syndrome
    • Wai-Man Chan, Ophthalmologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Carmen C. Chan, Dorothy S. Fan, Dennis S. Lam

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the study by Tsifetaki et al. on the efficacy and side effects of the use of oral pilocarpine for the treatment of ocular symptoms in Sjõgren’s syndrome.[1] In terms of patient selection, we noted the authors excluded patients with significant medical conditions, but we are not sure about the status of their concomitant medications. For women in their late 50s, suc...

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