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Are people with autoimmune diseases susceptible to sepsis?

Are people with autoimmune diseases susceptible to sepsis?

Sometimes: There are a number of uncommon immune disorders characterized by both reduced resistance to bacterial infections including overwhelming infections like sepsis and symptoms of autoimmune disease. Anti-tnfa monoclonals used to treat autoimmune disorders may increase the risk of sepsis. Please discuss your particular problem with your primary care physician and your board-certified rheumatologist. ...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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31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

Immune defect: You need to consult an allergist/immunologist to get your immune system evaluated. Aside from testing your immune responses, one may need to assess your WBC's oxidative stress response as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

Likely Not: Only if you also have an immunodeficiency on top of the autoimmune disease. It might also depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Speak with your rheumatologist and consider seeing an immunologist. ...Read more

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Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Somewhat : The biggest issue is more the medicines you take to control your autoimmune disease. They suppress your immune system to keep your body from attacking itself. However, it also prevents your immune system from attacking an invading infection and so in that way would make you more susceptible to these infections. ...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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Why can't people with autoimmune diseases take melanin?

Wrong word: Melanin is producted by skin cells in response to sun light and is responsible for darkening the skin. Melatonin is a hormone that has been linked in some studies as a possible cause for autoimmune hepatitis (liver disease). Persons who have already developed one autoimmune disease are at higher risk for developing another type of autoimune problem and this may be the origin of this recommendati. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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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


Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more