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What is Autoimmune diseases?

What is Autoimmune diseases?

  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A disease that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the body itself. (Source: excerpt from Kidney Failure Glossary: NIDDK)
  • Autoimmune diseases: Autoimmune Status; the state of a person's health in regard to autoimmune disease or antibody presence.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Autoimmune diseases: any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Autoimmune diseases: Introduction

Types of Autoimmune diseases:

Types of Autoimmune diseases:

Broader types of Autoimmune diseases:

How many people get Autoimmune diseases?

Prevalance of Autoimmune diseases: 8,511,845 people in the USA 1996 1
Prevalance Rate of Autoimmune diseases: approx 1 in 31 or 3.13% or 8.5 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Autoimmune diseases: As a group, however, autoimmune diseases afflict millions of Americans. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Who gets Autoimmune diseases?

Patient Profile for Autoimmune diseases: Typically patients are adolescent or young adults; uncommon in the elderly.

Gender Profile for Autoimmune diseases: Women 75% (NWHIC); women more than men overall, though not true for all diseases in the autoimmune category.

Gender Profile for Autoimmune diseases: Most autoimmune diseases strike women more often than men; in particular, they affect women of working age and during their childbearing years. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

Race Profile for Autoimmune diseases: Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in certain minority populations. For example, lupus is more common in African-American and Hispanic women than in Caucasian women of European ancestry. Rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma affect a higher percentage of residents in some Native American communities than in the general U.S. population. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

How serious is Autoimmune diseases?

Prognosis of Autoimmune diseases: Although autoimmune diseases are chronic, the course they take is unpredictable. A doctor cannot foresee what will happen to the patient based on how the disease starts. Patients should be monitored closely by their doctors so environmental factors or triggers that may worsen the disease can be discussed and avoided and new medical therapy can be started as soon as possible. Frequent visits to a doctor are important in order for the physician to manage complex treatment regimens and watch for medication side effects. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID)

What causes Autoimmune diseases?

Causes of Autoimmune diseases: see causes of Autoimmune diseases
Risk factors for Autoimmune diseases: see risk factors for Autoimmune diseases

What are the symptoms of Autoimmune diseases?

Symptoms of Autoimmune diseases: see symptoms of Autoimmune diseases

Can anyone else get Autoimmune diseases?

Contagion of autoimmunity: generally not; see details in contagion of autoimmune diseases.
More information: see contagiousness of Autoimmune diseases
Inheritance: see inheritance of Autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Autoimmune diseases.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Autoimmune diseases.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Autoimmune diseases: Allergist/Immunologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Autoimmune diseases.
Treatments for Autoimmune diseases: see treatments for Autoimmune diseases
Research for Autoimmune diseases: see research for Autoimmune diseases

Organs Affected by Autoimmune diseases:

Organs and body systems related to Autoimmune diseases include:

Name and Aliases of Autoimmune diseases

Main name of condition: Autoimmune diseases

Class of Condition for Autoimmune diseases: autoimmune

Other names or spellings for Autoimmune diseases:

AI, Autoimmunity, Horror autotoxicus

Autoimmunity Source - Diseases Database

Autoimmune disorder, Autoimmune disease
Source - WordNet 2.1

Autoimmune diseases: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Autoimmune diseases:



Footnotes:
1. Rose and Mackay, 1998, The Autoimmune Diseases, Third Edition
 

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