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What is the outlook?

You’re unlikely to be disabled by Sjögren’s syndrome, although the symptoms can be uncomfortable and long lasting. A few people find their joints may become inflamed or their liver or kidneys may be affected. However, usually the condition only damages the tear- and saliva-producing glands.

Some people with Sjögren’s syndrome might have an increased risk of developing cancers of the lymphatic tissues, known as lymphoma. Lymphoma only affects a small number of people with Sjögren’s syndrome – most people won’t be affected – but you and your doctor should look out for any early signs such as enlarged lymph glands (in your neck, armpits or groin) or salivary glands that are persistently swollen. The good news is that the treatment for lymphoma is generally very effective.


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