The physicians and staff of the UW Health Sjögren's Syndrome Clinic are pleased to provide care for patients who have Sjögren's syndrome, an immune system disorder that is most commonly identified by dry eyes and a dry mouth. About half of the people diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome are often diagnosed with another autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
Sjögren's (pronounced SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disease caused by over-activity of the immune system, leading to inflammation of the glands that make tears and saliva. Inflammation of those glands can lead to symptoms of dry eyes and mouth. Other symptoms such as general fatigue, skin and vaginal dryness are also common. Although less common, Sjögren's syndrome can also involve the lung, brain, skin, joints, gastrointestinal tract, blood and kidneys.
Sjögren's syndrome can occur in anyone, at any time, but is more common in women that are around menopause age.
Watch: Dr. Sara McCoy discusses the UW Health Sjögren's Syndrome Clinic