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Sjogren’s syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is a chronic disease in which overreactivity of the immune system primarily affects glands in the eyes and mouth. As a result, the most common symptoms seen are dry eyes and dry mouth. Complications from Sjogren’s include damage to eye structures such as the cornea due to decreased tear production, and dental cavities from decreased saliva production. In addition, people with Sjogren’s have a higher risk of developing certain cancers, called lymphomas. Sjogrens’s syndrome is more common in women than men, and typically occurs in older individuals.