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Female 35, can gastroparesis be caused by an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes.: Usually late in scleroderma. People with autoimmune gastritis can have digestive issues (no stomach acid or mucous) that makes digestion more difficult. It is most common in diabetes ii.
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 38 years experience
Yes, but....: Systemic sclerosis (ssc) can cause gastroparesis, although ssc is a rare disease. Diabetes is a more common cause of gastroparesis. Also keep in mind that many medications can also effect gastric motility.

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Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Fetal cell traffic.: Fetal cells cross the placenta and lodge in maternal tissues triggering immune reaction to the paternal antigens. That's why autoimmune diseases are almost exclusive seen in women of reproductive age. If you are wondering about such diseases in men or women who have never been pregnant, the answer is that all of us carry cells from our mothers in our bodies since we were born; they can do the same.
Last updated Oct 30, 2018


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