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I have an autoimmune inflammatory condition, my brother has cmt. Is it unusual to see two uncommon diseases in full siblings or could they be related?

I have an autoimmune inflammatory condition, my brother has cmt. Is it unusual to see two uncommon diseases in full siblings or could they be related?

Unusual, yes.: Cmt, charcot-marie-tooth disease is an inherited disease causing peripheral neuropathy. The affected gene is on chromosome 17. The only identified immune genes on 17 code for cell surface proteins involved in intrinsic immunity. There might be a link if you have an autoinflammatory disorder. Consider discussing with a genetic counselor. ...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


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I have inflammation in my eye which my doctor says is inflammation from an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Do I need to see a neurologist?

I have inflammation in my eye which my doctor says is inflammation from an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Do I need to see a neurologist?

Possibly: It depends on the specific underlying autoimmune disease. Many of those diseases are rheumatologic, not neurologic. Ask your ophthalmologist which you should see. ...Read more

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If someone had an inflammatory autoimmune disease would there be inflmmation markers in blood tests?

If someone had an inflammatory autoimmune disease would there be inflmmation markers in blood tests?

Autoimmune markers: There are a variety of blood tests that are frequently ordered when dealing with autoimmune issues - such as esr, crp, ana, rheumatoid factor, complement, sjogrens ab, thyroid antibodies. This is a small list and depending on what is being looked forward could be further expanded or refined. ...Read more

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What type of disorder is geographic tongue? Autoimmune? Inflammatory? Is it psoarisis? Is it a hypersensitive immune response?

Geographic tongue: Also knows as benign migratory glossitis, is as the name suggests a moving lesion. There is some correlation that suggests hat it is often commonly seen in patients with autoimmune conditions though i don't believe that is is directly related. It is a kind of psoriasis of the tongue. There is a lot of information available on the internet about it if you would like to know more. Hope this help. ...Read more

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Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Not usually : The most common anti-inflammatories are nsaids and these are not considered immunosuppressive's. Corticosteroids may have somewhat of an immunosuppressive effect. And biologics which are used for autoimmune disease but not lyme disease can be immunosuppressive ad well as anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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I have 3 autoimmune conditions.Is same thing causing them?

Possible, but: Possible - evaluation by a knowledgable clinician should help answer the question. ...Read more

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I am wondering which autoimmune illnesses can cause costochondritis?

CAN BE BY ITSELF: Costochondritis can simply be mild inflammation of the tissue between ribs and may be not be associated with ant other disease and this would be the most common cause. Trauma can cause the inflammation by simply lifting something heavy. Rarely, it could be associated with other illnesses such as rheumatoid or lupus. However costochondritis is not typically the 1st problem of those illnesses. ...Read more

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What test should I get done to confirm that gastritis is caused by autoimmune disorder?

Most are not: Gastritis is not often, if at all, caused by an autoimmune disorder. Although you have already received H pylori infection, you need to make sure that the treatment indeed worked. ...Read more

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I had battery of tests when first ttc and some autoimmune studies were abnormal. What does that mean later in life?

Prob nothing: Excellent question, for which there is no definitive answer. Why were the tests done? If there was no reason to do the test, it may well be of no significance. ...Read more