Auto-Immune Disorders

Auto-Immune Disorders

Auto-Immune Fact Sheet


An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. With autoimmune disorders, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues. The cause of the immune system to no longer distinguish between healthy body tissues and antigens is unknown.


Symptoms of an autoimmune disease vary widely and depend on the specific disease. A group of very nonspecific symptoms often accompany autoimmune diseases, which may include: dizziness, fatigue, general ill feeling and low grade fever.


The goals of treatment are to reduce symptoms and control the autoimmune process while maintaining the body’s ability to fight disease. Treatments vary widely and depend on the specific disease and your symptoms.


Types of Autoimmune disorders

ANCA (aka: P-ANCA/C-ANCA, Crohn’s Disease)
Cardiolipin (aka: anti-cardiolipin, Cardiolipin Antibodies, SLE, other auto immune disorders)
Gliadin (aka: Gliadin Antibodies, Celiac, Celiac Disease)
Jo-1 (aka: connective tissue disease)
Microsomal disease (aka: TPO, Thyroid Peroxidase, Graves disease, addisons disease, hashimoto’s disease)
Mitochondrial (aka: primary biliary cirrhosis)
Lupus (aka: ANA, Antinuclear Antibodies-Centromere, Speckled, and Homogeneous pattern)
Parietal Cell (aka: pernicious anemia, or in association with ANA antibodies)
Arthritis (aka: RF, RA, Rheumatoid Factor, CCP/Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide)
Smith (aka: Smith antibodies, RNP antibodies, SM/RNP)
Smooth Muscle (aka: primary biliary cirrhosis, and Hepatoma)
Sjogren’s (aka: SSA/SSB, Lupus)
Thyroid (aka: Thyroid Peroxidase, Thyroglobulin, Hashimotos, Graves, Addison’s)
DNA (aka: dsDNA, ssDNA, Lupus, and other auto immune diseases)
Tissue Transglutaminase (aka: TTG, Celiac Sprue Disease, IgA deficient patients)
Scleroderma (aka: SCL-70, Scleroderma Antibodies)
Beta 2 Glycoprotein (aka: Beta 2, anti-beta 2, antiphospholipid syndrome, SLE/Lupus)
Antiphospholipid Antibody (aka: Anticardiolipin antibodies, Lupus anticoagulant)
Celiac Disease (aka: Tissue Transglutaminase, TTG, sensitivity to gluten/wheat in diet)
Other: (any other auto immune disorder not mentioned above)

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