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Sjögren's Syndrome: Symptoms

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This information was reviewed and approved by Mehrnaz Maleki Fischbach, MD (4/1/2019).

Because Sjögren's syndrome often targets the tear and salivary glands, the most common symptoms involve the eyes and mouth. 

As an autoimmune disease, the syndrome also has the capability to affect many of the body's other organs and tissues, leading to a wide array of symptoms.

Common symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome include:

  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Change in taste
  • Frequent cavities in the teeth
  • Frequent oral yeast infections
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Heartburn
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue

Depending on the organs and tissues affected, other symptoms also may be present.