Sjögren’s syndrome: Infections that may play a role in pathogenesis, mimic the disease, or complicate the patient’s course

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Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is a systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the lacrimal and salivary glands, leading to dryness of the eyes and mouth. Epidemiologic studies have indicated a role of both genetic and environmental factors in pathogenesis. It is likely that viral infection can create an inflammatory microenvironment… (More)

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