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I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

Get seen: Maybe one woman in 4 has a positive ANA but seems fine. I'd stop worrying about the ANA. I doubt you have leukemia but you need a complete history and physical exam and basic labs (CBC, chem profile, urinalysis) by a competent physician. Night sweats are serious. ...Read more

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 ...Read more


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I am 45, and have random petechiae (all over), night sweats and fatigue. CBC, CRP and autoimmune tests are normal. Ideas on what could be the cause?

I am 45, and have random petechiae (all over), night sweats and fatigue. CBC, CRP and autoimmune tests are normal. Ideas on what could be the cause?

Petechiae sweats: Yes. There are many causes of this. Many choric infections, taking aspirin for examjple. Need more history, to see pictures of what you call petechiae and do a careful PE including feeling all of your lymph nodes and see if I can feel your spleen. Then we can talk more about what is going on and order more tests like CT. ...Read more

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I was wondering are night sweats a symptom of auto-immune disease?

I was wondering are night sweats a symptom of auto-immune disease?

Sometimes: Some autoinflammatory diseases, like the periodic fever syndromes (eg FMF) involve night sweats. These may be better defined as dysregulated immunity rather than autoimmunity. Infection and malignancy are far more common causes. ...Read more

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Which are the autoimmune diseases that may cause chronic severe neutropenia?

See below: Any of them can do it as well the medications used to treat them can do it. ...Read more

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I've tenonsynovitus since I went to uk, 2010 and I'm still NT recover. I'd back to malaysia, is it cause by overdo or the whether or autoimmune disease?

I've tenonsynovitus since I went to uk, 2010 and I'm still NT recover. I'd back to malaysia, is it cause by overdo or the whether or autoimmune disease?

See orthopedist: It appears that your tenosynovitis has never healed and you should consult an orthopedic doctor to find out what can be done about it before further damages or scarring occurs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can intestinal permeability be a cause of some autoimmune diseases/disorders?

Yes: Inflammation can cause intestinal permeability with leakage of protein and toxins and infections into the blood stream that cause the immune system to become activated. Once activated the immune system can have a variety of responses to the invader, one of which is against the bodies own tissue- hence an autoimmune reaction as seen in crohns, celiac, thyroiditis, pernicious anemia and others. ...Read more

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Why is the ultimate cause of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura unknown, aside it being an autoimmune disease?

Life reality...: Life reality tells us that behind what we know always still hide a lot of what we do not know, which may be in time revealed or even proved to be false/ conflicting; that is the facts of life so we have to learn how to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis: Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients. Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced. Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis: Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients. Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced. Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Would scleroderma or another autoimmune disease cause a lumpy/bumpy texture underneath the skin all over? Can only feel, not see.

Would scleroderma or another autoimmune disease cause a lumpy/bumpy texture underneath the skin all over? Can only feel, not see.

Yes: This is called calcinosis. Sometimes the bumps can break through the skin, leaking a chalky material. This can become infected. If you injure the area. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that pregnancy causes the mother to develop a flare in an autoimmune disease?

Flares: There is evidence that pregnancy causes flares of autoimmune diseases after the pregnancy is over. Flares can occur after a spontaneous miscarriage, an elective abortion, or delivery. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune disease that can cause potassium to always be low?

Is there an autoimmune disease that can cause potassium to always be low?

Causes of low K: Are antibiotic, diarrhea, diuretics, bulemia, diseases that affect the ability of the kidney to retain k like liddle, barter and cushing syndrome as examples. Autoimmune disease that attack the kidney like lipus may cause low k and also high k in different stages. Other autoimmune dz that attack the intestine with chronic diarrhea like ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases cause leukopenia?

2ways: Autoimmune diseases can suppress bone marrow production of white cells or can cause the destruction of circulating white cells. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases can cause chronic sinusitis?

Terrific question: In general, auto-immune diseases are not commonly associated with sinusitis. On the other hand, it is possible that sinusitis itself can be an autoimmune disease. If an auto-immune disease is associated with some immunological deficiency, then any cavity in the body may be susceptible to infection. ...Read more

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Does autoimmune disease cause cytokine storm or calm it down due to immune dysfunction?

CytoKine storm: When our body detects foreign microorganisms indicating an infection, our body might respond by over-protecting the site of infection. The body may race so many antibodies to the infection site that they collect in a cytokine storm. When the infection is in the lungs, for example, a cytokine storm can potentially block airways and result in suffocation. Medical researchers have identified the caus. ...Read more

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Is there a demyelinating disease other than MS which is also caused by an autoimmune disease?

Immune demyelination: Yes. Best discussion go to uptodate. Com
I recommend using only uptodate to find medical info on web. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with primary Raynaud's. No cause has been found so far. Is primary an autoimmune disease?

I have been diagnosed with primary Raynaud's. No cause has been found so far. Is primary an autoimmune disease?

No: Primary or idiopathic Raynaud disease is used to describe patients who have no definable cause for their vascular events. This condition is therefore an exaggeration of normal vasoconstriction to cold exposure and not associated with an underlying disease or autoimmunity. Secondary Raynauds refers to patients in which an associated disease or cause may underlie the attacks. ...Read more

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Autoimmune diseases that cause low parathyroid levels?

Autoimmune diseases that cause low parathyroid levels?

Hypercalcemia!: A low PTH means hypercalcemia! There are many diagnoses! See either a endocrine or rheumatology specialist! ...Read more

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What autoimmune disease causes over productive salivary glands?

Not typical: Typically an autoimmune disorder will not cause excess saliva. Reflux, new dentures, infection, pregnancy, or new medications can cause excess saliva. Some conditions affect muscle coordination and they can be associated with excess saliva. ...Read more

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Can a flu shot cause any type of long term illnesses or autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Although very uncommon, there are instances of Flu shots causing an autoimmune reaction like polyneuritis but recovery is often seen after some weeks or months. Considering the millions of people getting flu shots, such complications are quite rare. ...Read more

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What causes diminished excretion by the parotid and submandibular glands? I do not any autoimmune diseases.

Common Causes: Gland stones, infection, tumors, systemic disease, meds that decrease saliva production, etc. Regardless the cause, for the best long-term dry mouth treatment, visit orofacial pain or oral medicine specialist. ...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


Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more