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Inflammation in the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and liver can cause problems such as:
  • Painful swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss.
Inflammation can also cause hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (hardening of the liver). Sjogren's syndrome is closely linked to a liver disease called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), which causes itching, fatigue, and, eventually, cirrhosis.
Treatment for these digestive problems varies, depending on the problem, but may include:
  • Pain medicine
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroids
  • Immunosuppressants.
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