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Sjogren’s Syndrome

Summary

Sjogren’s syndrome is a disease that causes dryness in your mouth and eyes. It can also
lead to dryness in other places that need moisture, such as your nose, throat and skin.
Most people who get Sjogren’s syndrome are older than 40. Nine of 10 are women.
Sjogren’s syndrome is sometimes linked to rheumatic problems such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. If you have
an autoimmune disease, your immune system, which is supposed to fight disease, mistakenly
attacks parts of your own body. In Sjogren’s syndrome, your immune system attacks the
glands that make tears and saliva. It may also affect your joints, lungs, kidneys, blood
vessels, digestive organs and nerves. The main symptoms are:

Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.

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