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Sjögren’s syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease where the glands that normally produce tears, saliva and sweat are attacked by immune cells.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome usually affects women, and is characterised by dry eyes and a dry mouth. It can also affect other mucous membranes like the intestines and lungs.
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Key Statistics

90%

90%

9 out of 10 people with Sjögren’s are women

6 years

6 years

The average time from onset to diagnosis is 6 years

40-50yrs

40-50yrs

Average age at diagnosis is between 40 and 50 years

Sjögren’s research at Garvan

The Garvan Institute is home to one of the largest immunology research programs in Australia. Our immunologists use cellular genomics to identify new factors responsible for immune disorders. Our findings are also being applied to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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