Sjögren’s Syndrome: Pain Beyond Tears

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If it was just diminished tears, Sjögren’s syndrome could be treated solely with eye drops.

Differs From Dry-Eye Syndrome

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Similar to lupus, Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a non-infectious, primarily hereditary and incurable autoimmune disease. White blood cells called lymphocytes attack healthy tissue within the body.

With Sjögren’s syndrome, the primary targets are moisture-producing lacrimal and salivary exocrine glands. Reduction in tears and saliva can affect vision, tooth decay, voice quality, vaginal lubrication, and the digestive system.

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