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Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms – dry eyes and a dry mouth.  It often accompanies other immune-system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.  Other symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome include joint pain, swelling and stiffness; swollen salivary glands; skin rashes or dry skin; vaginal dryness; persistent dry cough; and prolonged fatigue. In Sjogren’s syndrome, your immune system first targets the moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth.  But it can also damage other parts of your body, such as your joints, thyroid, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, and nerves.

The most common complications of Sjorden’s syndrome include dental cavities, yeast infections, and vision problems. Less common complications might affect lungs, kidneys, or liver, lymph nodes, and nerves.

Sjogren’s Syndrome, Mayo Clinic (Aug. 9, 2017), https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sjogrens-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20353216

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