What Are Some of the Most Common Autoimmune Diseases?
The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases:
- systemic lupus erythematosus—affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs
- multiple sclerosis—affects the brain and spinal cord
- pernicious anemia—decrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B12
- scleroderma—a connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs
- Hashimoto’s disease—inflammation of the thyroid gland
- Addison’s disease—adrenal hormone insufficiency
- Graves’ disease—overactive thyroid gland
- reactive arthritis—inflammation of joints, urethra, and eyes; may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes
- Sjögren’s syndrome—destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs
What Causes the Immune System to Attack Healthy Body Cells?
The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown. If you have a family member with an autoimmune disease, you may be more susceptible to developing one. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases, including
- bacteria or virus
- chemical irritants
- environmental irritants
What Are the Symptoms of an Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are:
- red blood cells
- blood vessels
- connective tissue
- endocrine glands
How Are Autoimmune Diseases Diagnosed?
Ordinarily, your immune system produces antibodies (proteins that recognize and destroy specific substances) against harmful invaders in your body, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. When you have an autoimmune disease, your body produces antibodies against some of your own tissues. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying the antibodies your body is producing.
The following tests are used to diagnose an autoimmune disease:
- antinuclear antibody tests—a type of autoantibody test that looks for antinuclear antibodies, which attack the nuclei of cells in your body
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