Introduction: Autoimmune diseases


Autoimmune diseases: Disease caused by a malfunctioning immune system leading to self-attacks or self-stimulation of other body cells.

Autoimmune diseases: The word "auto" is the Greek word for self. The immune system is a complicated network of cells and cell components (called molecules) that normally work to defend the body and eliminate infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other invading microbes. If a person has an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks self, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's own body. A collection of immune system cells and molecules at a target site is broadly referred to as inflammation. 1

Conditions list: The list of conditions in the Autoimmune diseases group includes:

Conditions by class: See also the full list of conditions in class autoimmune.

Misdiagnosis and Autoimmune diseases: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Autoimmune diseases, failure to diagnose Autoimmune diseases, underlying causes of Autoimmune diseases (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Autoimmune diseases: Various information is available about treatments available for Autoimmune diseases, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Autoimmune diseases: Research more detailed information about the causes of Autoimmune diseases, other possibly hidden causes of Autoimmune diseases, or other general information about Autoimmune diseases.

Statistics and Autoimmune diseases: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Autoimmune diseases, prevalence and incidence statistics for Autoimmune diseases, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

         Contents for Autoimmune diseases:

1. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID

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