Quick Facts

  • Sjögren’s was identified in 1933 by a Swedish physician, Dr. Henrik Sjögren.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome is recognized as one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome is a slowly progressive disease.
  • Symptoms may wax and wane and are often unpredictable.
  • Some people may experience only mild, annoying symptoms, while other people’s quality of life is impacted severely by debilitating symptoms.

Who Does Sjögren’s Affect?

  • 1 in 70 Canadians, up to an estimated 430,000
  • 9 out of 10 patients are women
  • People between 35 – 65 years of age, but children can also suffer from Sjögren’s
  • Often the disease occurs alone (Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome)
  • It can also occur as a complication in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, primary biliary cirrhosis or other connective tissue diseases (Secondary Sjögren’s Syndrome)