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Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which a person's immune system attacks the body's own cells, causing tissue destruction.
Autoimmunity is accepted as the cause of a wide range of disorders and suspected to be responsible for many more. Autoimmune diseases are classified as either general (the autoimmune reaction takes place simultaneously in a number of tissues) or organ specific (the autoimmune reaction targets a single organ).
Autoimmune disorders include the following:
Author Info: Crystal Heather Kaczkowski MSc., The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit, Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, 2002
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