True primary Sjögren's syndrome in a subset of patients with hepatitis C infection: a model linking chronic infection to chronic sialadenitis.

@article{Vita2002TruePS,
  title={True primary Sj{\"o}gren's syndrome in a subset of patients with hepatitis C infection: a model linking chronic infection to chronic sialadenitis.},
  author={Salvatore de Vita and Rosaria Damato and Ginevra de Marchi and Stefania Sacco and Gianfranco Ferraccioli},
  journal={The Israel Medical Association journal : IMAJ},
  year={2002},
  volume={4 12},
  pages={1101-5}
}
BACKGROUND Hepatis C virus infection is presently an exclusion criterion to classify Sjögren's syndrome; however, there are distinct clinicopathologic and biologic similarities between HCV-related and SS-related chronic inflammation of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue and lymphoproliferation that suggest common pathogenetic pathways. OBJECTIVES To determine whether a subset of patients with sicca syndrome and HCV infection may present a true primary SS rather than a distinct clinicobiologic… CONTINUE READING