Table 1

Clinical details of 30 patients each fulfilling diagnostic criteria for “definite” or “probable” primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS)8

  • Duration symptoms = time between first symptoms of SS and diagnosis; RB stain = rose bengal staining; Lip biopsy = focus score >1; Ro = anti-Ro antibody; La = anti-La antibody; Xerostomia = absence of salivary pool under the tongue; (0) (4) (10) = years follow up; Cigs./day = number of cigarettes smoked a day; Tlco = carbon monoxide transfer factor; Kco = transfer coefficient; (SR) = standardised residuals (ref 9),;ND = not done,;CXR = chest radiograph; PT = pleural thickening; FA = fibrosing alveolitis; CM = cardiomegaly; COPD = consistent with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; N = normal.

  • 1-150 Patients treated with oral prednisolone (20 mg daily for one month followed by tapering reduction).

  • 1-151 Patients lost to follow up at 10 years. Causes of death (by death certificate) were bronchopneumonia secondary to fibrosing alveolitis (age 67, patient 8), transitional cell carcinoma bladder (age 85, patient 12), cerebrovascular accident (age 77, patient 20 and age 81, patient 9).