Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease and characterised by the abnormal production of extra antibodies in the bodies blood. Sjogren's syndrome with gland inflammation (resulting dry eyes and mouth, etc.) that is not associated with another connective tissue disease is referred to as primary Sjogren's syndrome.
While the exact cause of Sjogren's syndrome is not known, there is growing scientific support for genetic (inherited) factors. The illness is sometimes found in other family members. It is also found more commonly in families that have members with other autoimmune illnesses, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune thyroid disease, juvenile diabetes, etc. 90% of patients with Sjogren's syndrome are female. Sites listed here offer official information and advice plus treatment, causes and diagnosis details, please click on the title of the website of your choice for more details and individual contacts.