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Objectives of this study were to examine the cytokine and perforin mRNA expression in minor salivary glands from patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), searching for possible correlation with clinical parameters and to identify the dominant cytokine pattern in the different groups. Oral mucosa biopsy samples from 42 pSS patients were studied. Total(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE It has been suggested that the use of some antihypertensive agents may favour the development of congestive heart failure. The aim of the present study was to evaluate such a possible association in patients who had a new diagnosis of congestive heart failure. PATIENTS AND METHOD This was a retrospective case-control study of 81(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia related to Sjögren's syndrome (SS) in asymptomatic patients with diagnosed autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD); and to investigate whether the immunopathologies of sialadenitis observed in AITD associated SS and primary SS are similar. METHODS One hundred seventy-six(More)
BACKGROUND A study of the phenotype, activation and adhesive cells factors and cytokines in minor salivary glands in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), secondary Sjögren's syndrome (sSS) and autoimmune diseases (AD) without Sjögren's syndrome. PATIENTS AND METHODS We have studied the minor salivary glands in 30 patients with pSS, 30 patients(More)
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