Vasculitis (disease) – symptoms and treatment

Vasculitis Definition Vasculitis – a group of AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS in which the epithelium (lining) of the BLOOD vessels becomes inflamed. The INFLAMMATION causes localized pain and swelling. There are numerous forms of vasculitis. They share common characteristics and symptoms though each of which has unique traits. Vasculitis may be acute (come on suddenly, run its course, and be over) or chronic (symptoms […]

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Goodpasture’s Syndrome – Definition, Symptoms, Diagnosis

Definition of Goodpasture’s Syndrome An autoimmune disorder in which the IMMUNE SYSTEM produces antibodies that attack the glomeruli in the KIDNEYS, impairing kidney function, and the alveoli in the LUNGS, causing bleeding into the lung tissue. In most people who develop Goodpasture’s syndrome the symptoms follow a viral INFECTION of the upper respiratory tract or exposure to […]

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Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE)

Definition of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic autoimmune disorder, also called cutaneous lupus erythematosus, in which roughly circular, reddened patches (erythematous lesions) form on the SKIN. The lesions are most common on the face, back of the neck, scalp, inner lips and mouth, and outer portions of the auditory (EAR) canals. […]

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Autoimmune disorders

What are Autoimmune disorders and Definition Health conditions in which the body’s IMMUNE RESPONSE loses the ability to identify certain self cells and attacks them. Autoimmune disorders may produce symptoms that are localized (affect a clearly defined part of the body), systemic (affect a body system), or generalized (affect the body as a whole or across several […]

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Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)

What is Common variable immunodeficiency Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) – an immune disorder in which the IMMUNE SYSTEMlacks the ability to produce adequate antibodies to protect the body from INFECTION. Though there are normal numbers of B-lymphocytes in the BLOOD circulation, these ANTIBODY-producing cells are lacking IMMUNOGLOBULIN G (IgG), a protein essential for ANTIGEN recognition and antibody production. IgG is the foundation for most antibodies […]

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Graft vs. Host Disease – symptoms and treatment

Graft vs. Host Disease Definition Graft vs. Host Disease – a life-threatening condition in which the immune cells (leukocytes and lymphocytes) contained in allogeneic transplanted BONE MARROW (the graft, from a donor source) produce antibodies that attack other organs in the organ transplant recipient’s body (the host). BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION(or BLOOD STEM CELL transplantation) is the primary […]

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