Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Conditions Underlying Cause Anatomy

Autoimmune Disease Underlying Cause

Autoimmune disease can:

  • Affect the growth of bones and joints
  • Destroy small blood vessels
  • Diminish organ function
  • Interfere with the normal immune response

Organs and tissues most often affected by autoimmune disease include:
  • Blood vessels
  • Bone marrow
  • Connective tissues
  • Endocrine glands
  • Kidneys
  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • The lining of the joints

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Last Updated: Dec 31, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Autoimmune Disease References
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  2. Levesque MC, St Clair EW. B cell-directed therapies for autoimmune disease and correlates of disease response and relapse. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Jan;121(1):13-21; quiz 22-3. [18206502]
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