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Autoimmune diseases

People are able to protect themselves from infection because they have immune systems to fight them off. Sometimes the immune system get confused and attacks normal cells in our own body. If this happens, what is known as an autoimmune disease develops.

Examples include Grave’s disease (affecting the thyroid), rheumatoid arthritis (affecting joints) and diseases affecting the skin and soft tissues like lupus, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, and fibromyalgia. Treatment is possible and usually requires help from your doctor, specialists and other healthcare professionals.

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Autoimmune disorders

There is generally no cure for an autoimmune disorder, but the symptoms can be managed.

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Autoimmunity - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)Autoimmune DiseasesAutoimmune Diseases

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Autoimmune illness: What is Autoimmune illness?

Our body uses the immune system to protect itself from harmful things such as bacteria & viruses. This system has lots of different parts which work together to keep out damaging germs, & to attack & destroy any which manage to get inside your body.

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Autoimmune diseases - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related diseases in which a persons immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs, resulting in inflammation and damage.

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Autoimmune diseases

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ANA - Lab Tests Online AU

To screen for certain autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), polymyositis, and a number of others

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Type 1 diabetes | symptoms of type 1 diabetes | NSW

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, managed with insulin injections, that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to produce the insulin needed.

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Systemic lupus erythematosus - Lab Tests Online AU

Lupus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that may affect many organ systems including the skin, joints and internal organs. SLE affects women eight times more often than men and usually occurs between the ages of 10 and 50. Certain drugs may also cause SLE.Late onset disease (>50 years) is evenly split between men and women.

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HLA-B27 - Lab Tests Online AU

To determine whether you have human leukocyte antigen B27 (HLA-B27) on the surface of your cells; to help assess the likelihood that you have an autoimmune disorder associated with the presence of HLA-B27

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Viral hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It is most commonly caused by a viral infection, but may be due to chemicals, alcohol or drugs and inherited diseases or autoimmune disease. This page will deal only with those caused by viruses.

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