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Dr. John Chiu
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Immune Diseases (Definition)

The immune system is a complex and highly developed system, yet its mission is simple: to seek and kill infectious invaders, and protect us from harmful substances. Immune system disorders occur when the immune system is either under or overactive. When the immune system is defective or underactive, people are susceptible mainly to recurrent infections (immune deficiency diseases). In severe cases, the infections are life-threatening. When the immune system is overactive, the immune system attacks our own organs causing diseases of several kinds: "autoimmune" diseases such as lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis; certain diseases of the thyroid; and certain muscle and nerve diseases, to name just a few. Allergies and asthma also are the result of ...Read more


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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

See below: Celiac disease, crohn, ulcerative colitis and auto-immune hepatitis are common auto-immune GI disorders. Check out the website given below:
http://www. Everydayhealth. Com/autoimmune-disorders/autoimmue-digestive-disorders. Aspx. ...Read more

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There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?

Check antibodies: Check thyroid peroxidase and anti thyro globulin. Up to 40% of thyroid problems can have some degree of autoimmune component. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Immune diseases?

What is the definition or description of: Immune diseases?

Immune diseases =: Disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy cells. ...Read more

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Why can't people with auto-immune diseases donate marrow?

Why can't people with auto-immune diseases donate marrow?

Harms the recipient: When marrow stem cells are transplanted, the immune system of the donor is transplanted into the recipient. That could result in the auto-immune disease of the donor becoming a problem for the recipient. That would be on top of the risk of graft versus host disease that all patients face after transplant. ...Read more

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Are there any auto immune diseases that would cause low estrogen?

Not likely: The high ratio of women to men in sle has been theoretically attributed to the uplifting effect of estrogen on the immune system during child-bearing years but there is much data to contradict this. In addition, the replacement of estrogen postmenopause does not change the sle frequency or severity. There is no evidence to suggest low estrogen as a result of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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I have auto immune diabetes. Does this make it more likely I will get other auto immune diseases?

Yes: The presence of an autoimmune disease implies the presence of impaired immune regulations and thus you are more prone to develop other autoimmune disorder. Do get check for low vitamin d3 level in your blood since vitamin d3 is now considered one of the major immune regulators. ...Read more

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Ana pattern was atypical speckled I know its more indicative of certain immune diseases but which?

Ana pattern was atypical speckled I know its more indicative of certain immune diseases but which?

Non specific: More important is how strongly positive the titer is. Low titer may not have any significance, especially if symptoms don't fit any syndrome. ...Read more

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Diet pill recommendations for a diabetic with multiple auto-immune diseases & a drug that is generic.

Diet pill recommendations for a diabetic with multiple auto-immune diseases & a drug that is generic.

Not a pill: The best way to loose weight is not a diet pill. Controlling portion size, eating a well balanced healthy diet and exercise are really the best way to loose weight, and help control diabetes. ...Read more

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Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Can you get two auto immune diseases at once?

Possible, Not common: One can always have two diseases at the same time, but typically physicians look for one disease with the combination of symptoms patients present with. There can be "overlap" between the symptoms of various auto-immune diseases, so its best to see a well trained rheumatologist to help with your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the 10 most common auto immune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases: There are probably more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, some of them more common than others and they may be grouped according to which organ autoantibodies attack, for example: blood vessels, endocrine, red blood cells, muscles, joints, skin, etc. The topic is too broad for this post. ...Read more

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How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

How do auto immune diseases work to attack your body?

Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women - particularly african-american, hispanic-american, and native-american women - have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

Anybody know anything about auto immune diseases causes?

Maternal-fetal cells: Current theories focus on maternal-fetal cell trafficking (either as a fetus or as a mother); cells cross the placenta and lodge in various tissues of the other person, waiting to cause inflammation and "autoimmunity" down the line (possibly triggered by viruses, radiation, stress, genetic predisposition or interplay of the above). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have two auto immune diseases at one time?

Sure!: In fact, once you have one autoimmune disease you are at risk to develop another one or more. ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Yes: An ANA is a test used to see essentially if the immune system has been activated. However, there are mutiple other tests for autoimmune diseases which are numerous and difficult to explain in this short space. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

No: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease but is not strictly speaking autoimmune. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that we don't quite know the cause of. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids: Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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Is it true that all auto immune diseases has the same medications so if you have RA then you find out you have lupus not RA the treatmen plan is same?

Different meds: Although most flare ups of various autoimmune conditions will respond to similar steroid medications, the actual maintenance/routine medications and long term treatment plans are often quite different. ...Read more

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Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?

Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?

Most rheumatologists: These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, and psoriasis which are all auto immune diseases. Any idea why I may have these? Could it be linked to something?

Autoimmune: That means that your immune system is not well regulated. This tends to be inherited as well. Although there is no cure, you should get your blood vitamin d3 level checked to make sure that it is optimal. I don't know if optimizing the vitamin d3 level helps or not but it certainly won't do you harm.

(vitamin d3 is considered an immune regulator). ...Read more