Sjogren's Syndrome

What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies that attack its fluid-producing tissues and organs. The symptoms associated with Sjogren’s are caused by the infiltration of immune-system cells, usually B and T lymphocytes, into the glands responsible for secreting fluid.

This particular autoimmune illness appears as inflammation in certain glands of the body that produce moisture such as the (lacrimal glands) that leads to decreased water production for tears and eye dryness and the salivary glands (including the parotid glands) that leads to mouth dryness.