Autoimmune diseases can affect any body system. Some like systemic lupus erythematosus and Goodpastures’s syndrome affect multiple systems as well. The cause of autoimmune disorders is not known. It could be pre - determined in the genes. A number of external factors such as stress may play a role. A bacterial or viral infection could also stimulate autoimmunity. Some antibodies that develop to infections may cross react with body tissues and damage them. Some parts of the body such as the brain and the front part of the eye are not normally exposed to white blood cells. If these parts are exposed to the cells during injury, the white cells do not recognize them and treat them as foreign, resulting in autoimmune reaction.
Tests to diagnose autoimmune disorders are specific to each disease. Some tests like ESR and C Reactive protein are general tests that may indicate presence of inflammation.
Latest Publications and Research on Autoimmune DisordersNovel risk factors for cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis. - Published by PubMed
A database for curating the associations between killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors and diseases in worldwide populations. - Published by PubMed
The role of high mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 in rheumatoid arthritis. - Published by PubMed
Safety and immunogenicity of an AS01-adjuvanted varicella zoster virus subunit candidate vaccine (HZ/su): A phase-I, open-label study in Japanese adults. - Published by PubMed
Prevalence and clinical significance of rare antinuclear antibody patterns. - Published by PubMed