Sjogren's syndrome


Sjogren's syndrome
Sjö·gren's syndrome also Sjögren syndrome 'shǣ-.gren(z)- n a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects esp. older women, that is characterized by dryness of mucous membranes esp. of the eyes and mouth and by infiltration of the affected tissues by lymphocytes, and that is often associated with rheumatoid arthritis called also sicca syndrome, Sjögren's, Sjögren's disease
Sjögren Henrik Samuel Conrad (1899-1986)
Swedish ophthalmologist. Sjögren served as a professor of medicine at Lund, Sweden, and eventually held the position of chief physician at the hospital there. He invented ophthalmological instruments. He first described Sjögren's syndrome in 1933.

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an autoimmune condition affecting the salivary and lacrimal glands, resulting in a dry mouth and dryness of the eyes. In the systemic form of the disease other glands may be affected, causing dryness of the airways, vagina, or skin, as well as the joints (producing a relatively mild form of arthritis) and muscles (which ache), and there may be tiredness and lethargy. Sjögren's syndrome may also occur secondarily to other conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis). Symptomatic treatment, including saliva and tear substitutes, is available.
H. S. C. Sjögren (20th century), Swedish ophthalmologist

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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