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Doctor insights on: Cysts And Autoimmune Diseases Such As Lupus

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...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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What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

Varied symptoms: Each autoimmune disease can present with multiple symptoms.common ones are rashes, joint pains, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth, irregular menstrual cycles, , photosensitivity, joint swelling etc. Usually its constellation of of signs and symptoms that suggest autoimmune disease.Then it is confirmed by blood tests ...Read more

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Is a hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

Is a  hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

No.: No higher incidence of problems with autoimmune disease, ie .Lupus. One of the best tests for determiing gall bldder function. Wouldn't worry! ...Read more

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Can you test for autoimmune disease like lupus without a baseline to compare it to? Kind regards... Victoria

Yes: The diagnosis of lupus depends on the positivity of certain lab tests and the satisfaction of specific diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

See below: There is has been much on how exactly it works but it is thought to work on tlrs or toll-like receptors which play a role in the immune system. ...Read more

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Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Learning more : A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. reverse autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. reverse autoimmune  diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

No.: Modification of the immune system doesn't occur with anything like a normal diet. Perhaps with life-threatening starvation the immune system would be made dysfunctional (not recommended). And then, suppression is not at all like reversing. ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Yes: You could treat theses conditions and achieve complete remission with the right treatment. You need close follow up all the time since they classified as chronic diseases ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. help control, reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Possibly: There is some evidence that anti inflammatory diets can help improve symptoms of auto immune diseases. Certainly eating an diet high in antioxidants will note harmful. But always check with your physician before you make a drastic changes to your diet. You should ensure that you get enough protein, carbs and fats along with micronutrients and vitamins. ...Read more

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Do you think if you have any kind of autoimmune disease? Like lupus or anything? Or would it have sawn in blood test. If blood result is normal.

See details: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. Some can be diagnosed with the help of lab tests and some cannot. Lupus can be present even if all autoantibody testing is negative. However, this is a rare occurrence. ...Read more

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Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Lupus Tx: Lupus is the classic autoimmune disease as it can affect many organs through autoimmune inflammation. I have never heard of a rheumatologist who doesn't treat lupus. Maybe some specialize in lupus and advertise that way. ...Read more

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Is lupus or autoimmune disease transmited from mother to baby?

Sort of: Lupus itself is not transmitted mother to child. However, there is a specific lupus antibody that can be passed during pregnancy that can affect the child's heart. There is a higher risk that your child could develop an autoimmune disease if a parent has one. ...Read more

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Can someone with lupus or an autoimmune disease drink beer or hard liquor ?

See below: You can consume alcohol so long you are not medication that could cause liver damage if you drink alcohol. When in doubt it is always good to call and ask your physician to see if it would okay to consume alcohol with the medications prescribed. ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Yes can be controlle: either lupus or Sjorgen's, but why do you think you have either? first you have got to be diagnosed which is often hard to, and needs an experienced rheumatologist, check with your doctor first who might refer you if necessary, good luck ...Read more

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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


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