Sjögren syndrome

Pronunciation: (SHOH-grin SIN-drome)

An autoimmune disease that affects the tear glands and salivary glands, and may affect glands in the stomach, pancreas, and intestines. The disease causes dry eyes and mouth, and may cause dryness in the nose, throat, air passages, skin, and vagina. It may also cause inflammation in the joints, muscles, and skin; pneumonia; tingling in the fingers and toes; and fatigue. It often occurs with rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue diseases.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-02-21 Date last modified: 2007-09-21