Sjögren's syndrome can sometimes lead to further problems or occur alongside other conditions.
If you have very dry eyes and they're not treated, there's a risk the front layer of your eyes could become damaged over time.
If this isn't spotted and treated, it could lead to permanent problems with your vision.
Contact your GP as soon as possible if you have problems with your vision.
Sometimes Sjögren's syndrome can affect the lungs and cause problems such as:
If you smoke, stopping may help reduce the risk of these conditions. Read more advice about stopping smoking.
Most women with Sjögren's syndrome can get pregnant and have healthy babies.
But if you're planning a pregnancy, it's a good idea to get advice from your GP or specialist because there's a small risk of complications in some women.
These problems can occur if you have certain antibodies (produced by the immune system) sometimes found in people with Sjögren's syndrome. A blood test can be done to look for these.
If these antibodies are found, you can still get pregnant, but you may need additional specialist care during pregnancy and after the birth.
People with Sjögren's syndrome have an increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
This affects the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands found throughout the body.
Research suggests people with Sjögren's syndrome are about five times more likely to get non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those who don't have the condition, but the chances of getting it are still small.
See your GP if you develop symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, such as:
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can often be cured if it's caught early on.
A number of other conditions have been linked to Sjögren's syndrome, including:
Page last reviewed: 04/05/2017 - National Health Service UK