Sjogren's Syndrome Complications
Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that targets moisture-producing glands, is often associated with dryness in the eyes and the mouth. But there are many complications that can affect other areas of the body.
For example, a person with Sjogren's syndrome may develop lung problems as a result of this condition. When someone breathes in food instead of swallowing it (dry mouth can keep you from swallowing food properly) and the food gets stuck in the lungs, it can cause aspiration pneumonia.
People with Sjogren's syndrome are also at risk for kidney problems. In fact, interstitial nephritis (inflammation of the tissue around the kidney's filters) can occur even before dry eyes and dry mouth.
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