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What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

What is the difference between autoimmune diseases and arthritis?

Systemic, Local: Autoimmune arthritis diseases can include inflammation of the joints , connective and soft tissues as well as involvement any part of the body. Osteoarthritis, is caused by degeneration of the joints and localized to certain part of the body. The from arthritis is gradual have to do with activity, the other the onset could be sudden and involve many areas of the body. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune vs Immune: Autoimmune diseases are ones which your own immune system attacks your body. Examples are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many others. Immune disorders are ones which your own immune system fails to respond normally to infections, resulting in frequent infections. Examples are common variable immunodeficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, aggamglobulinemia, hiv/aids, and many others. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "automune hepititis" & regular hepitis c? I was diagnosis with autoimmune disease 18 yrs ago & hepititis c geno type 1. Thanks

Very different: Autoimmune hepatitis means that ones liver is inflamed because your body thinks that your liver is "foreign" and is attacking it. Hepatitis c is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis c virus. Genotype 1 is is one of six different c viruses that can cause hepatitis c. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hashimoto thyroid and thyroiditis? Are they autoimmune diseases?

What is the difference between hashimoto thyroid and thyroiditis? Are they autoimmune diseases?

Often same: 'thyroiditis' is an inflammatory process of the thyroid gland. Can be caused by virus, usually responds to anti-inflammatory medication and is self-limited. Hashimoto's thyroiditis similar, but is an autoimmune disorder where the antibodies attack the thyroid tissue, as though it was foreign. Over or underactive function could occur, but often becomes chronic and may need thyroid rx for life. ...Read more

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Are autoimmune diseases more common in black people or there's no difference?

Some are: There are certain diseases that are more common in black persons than not. The ultimate autoimmune disease - systemic lupus erythematosus - is more commom in blacks than non- black persons but many other autoimmune diseases do not show any racial preferences. ...Read more

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What is the chance I have an autoimmune disease if my dad had arthritis?

What is the chance I have an autoimmune disease if my dad had arthritis?

Unlikely: The most common arthritis is osteoarthritis. There can be a hereditary component but it is not an auto immune disease. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

Many cause arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis commonly cause arthritis. The joints are the target of many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Give me information about rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease?

Great sources : There are great resources for this information such as the arthritis foundation, the american college of rheumatology, the lupus foundation of america, the national institute of health, etc. ...Read more

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What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What is the latest understanding for the cause of autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Nobody Knows: We are not sure what gets the ball rolling, but autoimmune disease in general is a case of "misprogramming" in which the immune system begins to incorrectly recognize the body's own tissues (joints in the case of ra) as though they were foreign. It then attacks them as it would any invading substance. Smoking definitely raises the risk of ra, though we don't know why! ...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 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