Posts Tagged ‘Autoimmune disorders’

Celiac disease

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Stomach & digestive systems conditions, Stomach conditions

(Celiac Sprue; Nontropical Sprue; Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy)

Celiac disease – Definition

Celiac is an autoimmune disease of the digestive tract. With Celiac, eating food with gluten damages little protrusions in the small intestine. These protrusions, called villi, absorb nutrients from foods. The condition affects absorption of all nutrients. Untreated patients often become malnourished.

Inner circle demonstrates little protrusions affected by Celiac disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in All bones, muscles, or joints of arm, Arm conditions, Bones, muscles or joints legs, Disease, Condition & Injury, Legs conditions, Muscles and skeleton conditions

(RA; Arthritis, Rheumatoid)

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Definition

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. RA usually affects the same joint on both sides of the body. It occurs mostly in the:

  • Fingers
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Jaw
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Toes

Myasthenia gravis

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in All bones, muscles, or joints of arm, Arm conditions, Bones, muscles or joints legs, Disease, Condition & Injury, Legs conditions, Muscles and skeleton conditions

Myasthenia Gravis – Definition

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder. The signal from the nerves to the muscles is blocked. As a result, the muscle cannot move and become increasingly weaker.

Symptoms may grow more severe over time. This is a potentially serious condition. MG requires care from your doctor. If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor immediately.

Pemphigus – Pemphigus Syndromes

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Arm conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Skin arm conditions, Skin conditions, Skin conditions on legs

Pemphigus – Definition

Pemphigus is a group of rare autoimmune disorders. It causes large skin blisters. The immune system normally protects against germs and other foreign invaders. In this case, the immune system mistakenly attacks your own skin and mucus membranes. There are three forms of the disease:

  • Pemphigus vulgaris — most common type of pemphigus; lesions may extend deep into the layers of the skin
  • Pemphigus foliaceus — produces more superficial lesions
  • Paraneoplastic pemphigus — most serious type; usually occurs in someone who has cancer

Pemphigus – Causes

The immune system produces antibodies. These cause the skin and mucus membranes to break out in blisters and burn-like sores. What causes the body to attack itself is not known. Sometimes a drug can cause symptoms.