Sjögren’s Syndrome | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets Sjögren’s syndrome and why?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. This means that your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your own healthy cells. Doctors don't know exactly what causes Sjögren’s syndrome. It usually affects women in their late 40s and early 50s. Sjögren’s syndrome may develop in people who have other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease or lupus.


Diagnosis and Management of Sjögren’s Syndrome by Paul Kruszka, LCDR, USPHS, and Robert J. O'Brian, LCDR, MC, USN (American Family Physician March 15, 2009,

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Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 09/10