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Reumatologia/Rheumatology
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3/2007
vol. 45
 
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Early sicca syndrome diagnosis in rheumatoid arthritis

Małgorzata Rotbart-Fiedor
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Małgorzata Wisłowska

Reumatologia 2007; 45, 3: 126–131
Online publish date: 2007/07/02
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Sjögren syndrome, called sicca syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder characterised by lymphocyte infiltration of exocrine glands, notably the lachrymal and salivary glands. This inflammation causes dryness of the eyes (xeropthalmia) and of the mouth (xerostomia). The aim of the study was to evaluate possibilities of early sicca syndrome diagnosis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients based on histopathological bioptates of labial salivary glands. Subjective dryness symptoms of Sjögren syndrome were confirmed in histopathological examinations in 77% of RA patients.
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rheumatoid arthritis, sicca syndrome, minor salivary glands, lower lip







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