Sjögren’s Syndrome is recognised as the second most common auto-immune rheumatic disease. Recent estimates suggest that there may be as many as half a million sufferers in the UK alone. Sjögren’s Syndrome is characterised by the degeneration of the mucus secreting glands, particularly the tear ducts of the eyes (lacrimal) and the saliva glands of the mouth. Like other auto-immune diseases it can also have more general (systemic) effects such as fatigue, aching joints and muscles and fever. Established in 1986, the British Sjögren’s Syndrome Association aims to raise awareness and educate people about the condition, and support research into its cause and treatment.

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