Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune-Related Diseases

The following are some conditions suspected or theorized to be linked to autoimmunity or are linked to certain autoimmune diseases:

  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Acute necrotizing hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis
  • Autoimmune: angioedema, aplastic anemia, dysautonomia, hepatitis, hyperlipidemia, immunodeficiency, inner ear disease (AIED), myocarditis, pancreatitis, retinopathy, thrombocytopenic purpura (ATP), thyroid disease, urticaria
  • Axonal & neuronal neuropathies
  • Balo disease
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Castleman disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Chargas’ disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • (CIDP) Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • (CRMO) Chronic recurrent multifocal ostomyelitis
  • Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dressler's syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Kawasaki’s Disease
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • P.A.N.D.A.S (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma

 

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March is Autoimmune Disease
Awareness Month!

Autoimmune diseases result from a dysfunction of the immune system. The immune system protects you from disease and infection. Sometimes, though, the immune system can produce autoantibodies that attack healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This can lead to autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases can affect any part of the body. More than 80 autoimmune diseases have been identified. Some are relatively well known, such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, while others are rare and difficult to diagnose.

Collectively, autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the U.S., affecting more than 23.5 million Americans. They are more common among women, and while some are more prevalent among white people, others are more common among African-Americans and Hispanics. Autoimmune diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent, for reasons unknown.

Some autoimmune diseases are life-threatening, and most are debilitating and require a lifetime of treatment. There are treatments available to reduce the symptoms and effects from many autoimmune diseases, but cures have yet to be discovered. Since most autoimmune diseases are rare, patients can often spend years seeking a proper diagnosis.

Learn more about autoimmune diseases here.