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Sjögren Syndrome

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Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Sjögren syndrome can vary from person to person and change in type and severity over time. They may include non-specific symptoms such as chronic fatigue and fever and may involve various parts of the body such as the skin, joints, lungs, nerves, kidneys, and the digestive tract. Because of this, recognizing and diagnosing Sjögren syndrome can sometimes be challenging. Examples of some of the signs and symptoms include:

  • Decreased sense of taste and smell
  • Dry cough
  • Dry gritty eyes
  • Dry mouth with difficulty swallowing or talking
  • Dry skin and rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Muscle pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet (neuropathy)
  • Sore tongue or throat
  • Swollen salivary (parotid) glands
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Stomach upset, irritable bowel
  • Recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia

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