Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-Led Study Reveals Native Americans More Commonly Develop Sjögren’s Syndrome


Native American’s are more commonly affected by Sjogren’s syndrome and show more active disease compared to Americans of other ethnicities, reports a study led by Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Recently published in Arthritis Care & Research, it reveals that autoimmune diseases that impact the connective tissue, including Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis, will change depending on population.
What is Sjögren’s syndrome?
A condition where the immune system produces self-antibodies that mainly affect the function of salivary and lacrimal glands—triggering dryness in the eyes and mouth, which is known as sicca. Other non-function gland symptoms can be found in 33% of patients, reports Sjögren’s syndrome News. 
The Study
Study participants included 648 patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome from the Oklahoma Sjögren’s Syndrome Center of Research Translation cohort. The study reveals that the proportion of Sjögren’s syndrome patients in the Native American community is far more than other ethnic groups. Sjögren’s Syndrome News reported that Native Americans patients were generally young than European Americans. Moreover, those Native Ameri...

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