Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune disorders are diseases where the body’s own immune system attacks good body cells, resulting in disease. There are literally hundreds of different autoimmune diseases, depending on exactly which body cell is attacked. Common examples include Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) ...

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Introduction: Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, the digestive tract, and blood vessels. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause ...1

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Symptoms of Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, the digestive tract, and blood vessels. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause ...2

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Causes of Autoimmune diseases

No one is sure what causes autoimmune diseases. In most cases, a combination of factors is probably at work. For example, you might have a genetic tendency to develop a disease and then, under the right conditions, an outside invader ...3

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Causes List for Autoimmune diseases

Some possible causes of Autoimmune diseases or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Autoimmune diseases

There are many different types of autoimmune diseases, with numbers literally in the hundreds. For almost every different type of body cell, there is almost certainly an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune cells attack that cell. Common ...

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Types of Autoimmune diseases

The list of diseases that fall into the autoimmune category includes

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Diagnosis of Autoimmune diseases

How do I find out if I have an autoimmune disease? Getting a diagnosis can be a long and stressful process. Although each autoimmune disease is unique, many share some of the same symptoms. And many symptoms of autoimmune diseases ...5

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Genetics of Autoimmune diseases

Some autoimmune diseases run in families, such as lupus and multiple sclerosis. It is also common for different types of autoimmune diseases to affect different members of a single family. Inheriting certain genes can make it more likely to get ...6

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Treatments: Autoimmune diseases

The treatment depends on the disease, but in most cases one important goal is to reduce inflammation. Sometimes doctors prescribe corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH)7 ...

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Research for Autoimmune diseases

Progress and Promise: Further research should continue to enhance the understanding of the genetics and causes of autoimmune disorders and result in improvements in diagnosing and treating these diseases. For information on autoimmune disease research that is supported by the ...8

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: Autoimmune disease ; Autoimmune disorders ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)9 ...

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References

  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Autoimmune/ default.asp
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: OWH (DHHS): womenshealth.gov/ a-z-topics/ autoimmune-diseases
  6. ibid.
  7. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Autoimmune/ default.asp
  8. ibid.
  9. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ gtr/ conditions/ CN002679/ 

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