Jefferson University Hospitals

Sjögren's Syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease.

A chronic autoimmune disease like Sjögren's syndrome can affect the entire body, causing dry eyes, dry mouth, dry skin, dental decay, joint pain, extreme fatigue, memory loss, pneumonia and abnormal liver function, among other things.

Reaching a diagnosis of this disease, however, can be difficult because its symptoms can mimic other conditions. Rheumatologists at Jefferson will work with neurologists, ophthalmologists and oral surgeons to diagnose Sjögren's syndrome by examining your condition, asking about your symptoms and conducting a series of tests.

The condition is much more common in women, and most people are older than 40 at the time of diagnosis. Although there is no cure for Sjögren's syndrome, Jefferson physicians offer various treatment options that will relieve your symptoms and prevent complications.