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Am I more likely than average to have another autoimmune disease?

Am I more likely than average to have another autoimmune disease?

Yes, if you have one: If you have one autoimmune disease you are more likely than average to have manifestations of other autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Who is more likely to get autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune disease: Increased risk in family with 1st degree relative or closer 2nd degree relative with any autoimmune disease. Women also tend to have a slightly increased risk over men. ...Read more

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If I suffer from one type of autoimmune disease, can it be likely that i'll be susceptible to others?

Autoimmune : There is increased risk of autoimmune disease if first degree relatives are afflicted. There is a mildly increased risk of developing a 2nd autoimmune disease if you already have one, but this is not very common. ...Read more

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How likely a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease if Ana was 1.320?

How likely a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease if Ana was 1.320?

One factor: A positive ANA is one of the many factors in making a diagnosis of an auto-immune disorder. For example a diagnosis of lupus requires four factors out of a list of eleven. You may consult this site for more information: http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria ...Read more

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Are you more likely to contract MRSA and c-dif if you have an autoimmune disease?

Are you more likely to contract MRSA and c-dif if you have an autoimmune disease?

Not really.: Having an autoimmune disease can make you more susceptable to many infections especially if you are treated with immunosuppressive drugs such as corticosteroids like prednisone. You are not more likely to get MRSA or clostridium difficile unless you are taking antibiotics or are in a hospital or nursing home or if you are exposed to people with these infections. ...Read more

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Can + ANA of 1:1280 speckled be solely the reslt of hving hashimotos? Or depnding on other symptms, is it likely to be from anther autoimmune disease?

Can + ANA of 1:1280 speckled be solely the reslt of hving hashimotos? Or depnding on other symptms, is it likely to be from anther autoimmune disease?

Related: ANA of 1:1280 speckled pattern could develop in relation to many autoimmune conditions including hashimoto's disease. It is not specific to a certain condition, however. Could you have another autoimmune condition in addition to hashimoto's? Possible, but this ANA does not necessarily point to that. ...Read more

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I have many MS symptoms. Would i more likely have it since i already have had 2 autoimmune diseases?

MS unlikely: At your age, it is very rare for MS to begin, and more likely, other problems would explain your symptoms. It is also unusual, but not impossible, to have 2 autoimmune disorders, one being MS. Not sure why there is a question of autoimmune disease of brain, and perhaps your physician can help uncover a precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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My mom had an autoimmune disease, mg, are her children more likely to get an autoimmune disease as well?

Unlikely: Myasthenia gravis is an acquired autoimmune disease affecting women more often. There does not seem to be clearcut heredity in many cases, and unlikely to afflict other family members usually. Hard to predict who will get which autoimmune disorder but our work will hla typing will one day point the way. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more