Sjögren's syndrome is a disease in which the immune system attacks
the body's moisture-producing glands. This disease may cause the tear and
saliva glands to become scarred and damaged, and it can cause exceptional dryness
in the eyes and mouth.
Sjögren's syndrome is most common in women who are older than 40.
People with Sjögren's syndrome usually have a dry mouth that makes
swallowing difficult and dry eyes that cause eye pain. In severe cases, they
may have scarring of the covering of the eye (cornea). Sjögren's syndrome may
also cause fatigue, joint pain, and problems with the function of vital
Although there currently is no cure for Sjögren's syndrome,
treatment of symptoms can offer relief for many people. For example, artificial
tears can be used to moisten the eyes, and mouth lubricants and saliva
substitutes can help to moisten the mouth and throat.
April 27, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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