Autoimmune disease damaging the eye tear ducts and other glands.
Benign, chronic inflammation that results in diminished production of tears and saliva. Cause is unknown, but it is usually associated with rheumatoid arthritis or collagen vascular disease. See Rheumatoid arthritis; collagen vascular disease.
a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects especially older women; characterized by dryness of mucous membranes, especially of the eyes and mouth, and by infiltration of the affected tissues by lymphocytes; often associated with rheumatoid arthritis