Definitions for "Autoimmune Disease"
Illness that occurs when body tissues are attacked by their own immune system. It is felt that estrogen in females may influence the immune system to predispose some women to autoimmune diseases. Examples of autoimmune diseases include Juvenile (Type I) Diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren syndrome, Hashimoto thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, Addison disease, vitiligo, pernicious anemia and pulmonary fibrosis.
A disease that is due to antibodies formed by the body against itself. In autoimmune disease, the body fails to differentiate between itself and foreign substances and reacts to the body's own material as though it were foreign.
disease that causes the body's own defense system to react against its own nerve tissue.
a life-long debilitating condition which has no cure and can be life-threatening