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Can autoimmune disease rev up the cytokine storm, or does it calm it down due to immune dysfunction?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Cytokine Storm

The precise reason for this is not entirely understood but may be caused by an exaggerated response when the immune system encounters a new and highly pathogenic invader. Autoimmune disease is not a cause of cytokine storm.

In brief: Cytokine Storm

The precise reason for this is not entirely understood but may be caused by an exaggerated response when the immune system encounters a new and highly pathogenic invader. Autoimmune disease is not a cause of cytokine storm.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Holly Barth
General Practice
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In brief: Increases response

In autoimmune diseases, something in your own body is activating the immune response.
Therefore the system is working harder and attacking those cells it thinks it should be destroying.

In brief: Increases response

In autoimmune diseases, something in your own body is activating the immune response.
Therefore the system is working harder and attacking those cells it thinks it should be destroying.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
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