Sjogren’s Syndrome (SS) is a chronic lymphoproliferative, autoimmune disease that has been found primarily among postmenopausal women. SS inflames tear ducts and salivary glands (Meijer et al. 2007) and causes disturbances of Y lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, and exocrine glands, essentially causing one’s white blood cells to “attack” the individual’s body (Hansen et al. 2007).
There are two categories of SS. The primary type is a chronic autoimmune disorder marked with dryness of the mouth, eyes and other mucous membranes (Goransson et al. 2006). Secondary SS occurs in individuals diagnosed with other connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, progressive systemic sclerosis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
SS affects all populations worldwide. The disease is most prevalent in people in their forties and fifties and has a 9:1 female to male ratio (Meijer et al. 2007). The prevalence of the disease is reported to be 0.2% of the...
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