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What does it mean for me to have "auto-antibodies?"

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Dr. Stuart Rhein
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Allergy to self

Auto-antibodies means that you are producing antibodies to proteins in your own body.

In brief: Allergy to self

Auto-antibodies means that you are producing antibodies to proteins in your own body.
Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
3 doctors agree

In brief: Attacking "self"

Autoantibodies are immune proteins that attack the "self".
Normally the immune system is able to recognize the body's own tissues & disregard them, but sometimes it fails & starts attacking them instead. How this process starts is not well understood. Autoantibodies are associated with various conditions such as systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, grave's disease, & coeliac disease.

In brief: Attacking "self"

Autoantibodies are immune proteins that attack the "self".
Normally the immune system is able to recognize the body's own tissues & disregard them, but sometimes it fails & starts attacking them instead. How this process starts is not well understood. Autoantibodies are associated with various conditions such as systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, grave's disease, & coeliac disease.
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Paul Carter
Certain genetic traits predispose people to autoimmune diseases. Therefore they often run in the family.
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