Autoimmune diseases can affect the entire body (called systemic) or they can affect one part of the body (localized).
Systemic autoimmune diseases affect more than one part of the body such as lungs, joints, kidneys, heart, brain etc. Some examples of systemic autoimmune disease are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
Single organ or tissue diseases affect only one part of the body. Some examples of single organ diseases are Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, type one diabetes, Grave’s disease and autoimmune liver disease.
For more information: http://www.aarda.org/autoimmune_statistics.php
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