- 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)