SJOGREN’S SYNDROME – What is it ?
Sjögren’s syndrome was first described in 1933 by Swedish eye specialist Henrik Sjögren (left).
The condition causes antibodies to attack the body’s moisture-producing glands, leading to dryness on the body due to lack of secretion.
The illness most commonly affects the eyes, mouth, salivary glands, lungs, kidneys, skin and nervous system but all organs of the body can be affected.
In rare cases, complications from Sjogren’s syndrome can cause salivary gland infections, kidney problems, ulcers or pancreatitis.
All instances of Sjogren’s are systemic, affecting the entire body.
They may remain steady, worsen, or, uncommonly, go into remission. While some people experience mild discomfort, others suffer debilitating symptoms that greatly impair their functioning.