Sjögren's SyndromeView All Arthritis Types
Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes damage to the salivary glands, resulting in dry mouth, and the tear glands, resulting in dry eyes. It can also affect other parts of the body including joints, muscles and nerves, and organs such as the lungs, and kidneys or glands such as the thyroid gland). Primary Sjögren's syndrome is the term we use when the condition is not associated with another connective tissue disease. We use the term 'secondary' Sjögren's syndrome when it occurs in people who have another connective tissue disease such as lupus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis
The disease is named after the Swedish eye doctor, Henrik Sjögren, who first described it in 1933. He had been treating a group of women who had chronic arthritis accompanied by dry eyes and mouth.
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