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Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the body's immune responses being directed against its own tissues, causing prolonged inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction.

Autoimmune diseases include, but are not limited to: celiac disease, Crohn's disease, pancreatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and other endocrinopathies, allergies, and multiple sclerosis.

Autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis is caused when immune-responsive cells attack the linings of the joints.

Autoimmune insulin-dependent diabetes is caused when immune cells attack the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas.





The following is a list of autoimmune diseases and what is attacked.



Myasthenia gravis - acetylcholine receptors

Graves's disease - thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptors

Thyroiditis - Thyroid celss

Insulin-resistant diabetes - insulin receptors

Asthma - Beta-2 adrenergic receptors

Juvenile insulin-dependent diabetes - Pancreatic islet cells

Pernicious anemia - Gastric parietal cells

Addison's disease - Adrenal cells

Idiopathic hypoparathyroidism - Parathyroid cells

Spontaneous infertility - Sperm

Premature ovarian failure - Interstitial cells, corpus luteum cells

Pemphigus - Intercellular substance of skin

Primary biliary cirrhosis - Mitochondria

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia - Erythrocytes

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura - Platelets

Idiopathic neutropenia - Neutrophils

Vitiligo - Melanocytes

Osteosclerosis and Meniere's disease - Type-II collagen

Chronic active hepatitis - Nuclei of hepatocytes

Goodpasture's syndrome - Basement membranes

Rheumatoid arthritis - Gamma globulin, virus-related antigens

Sjogren's syndrome - Nuclei and centromeres

Systemic lupus erythematosus - Nuclei, DNA, RNA, erythrocytes, etc.

Scleroderma - Nuclei and centromeres

Polymyositis - Nuclei, RNA



Causes

Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the body's immune responses being directed against its own tissues, causing prolonged inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction. This is basically an allergic reaction to the body itself.

 

 

 

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