Autoimmune Diseases

List of all autoimmune disorders.

Addison’s Disease
Addison’s Disease is a fairly rare autoimmune disorder, affecting about one in every 100,000 people in the United States.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles. Hair can be lost from any part of the body.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
Antiphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly produces antibodies to certain proteins in the blood.

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease that involves the joints and the spine. Although some people experience symptoms in many parts of the body, the main site of this disorder is the lower back.

Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is an autoimmune disease that is found most often in women. Women are eight times more likely to get the disease than are men.

Behcet’s Disease
Behcet’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the cells of the cardiovascular system. It is a rare, systemic form of vasculitis, which causes chronic inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body.

Bullous Pemphigoid
Bullous pemphigoid is a chronic autoimmune disease of the skin. It involves the formation of large, fluid-filled blisters in the layers of the skin.

Castleman’s Disease
Castleman’s disease is a rare autoimmune disorder which affects the lymph nodes of the body. Castleman’s disease is characterized by an overgrowth of lymphatic cells.

Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a fairly common autoimmune disorder of the digestive tract. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue or gluten intolerance.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is classified as being of “unknown” etiology, though there is evidence that it is an autoimmune disorder.

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy (CIDP)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy (CIPD) is an autoimmune disorder involving the peripheral nervous system.

Churg Strauss Syndrome
Churg Strauss syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the medium and small blood vessels. It is one of the many forms of vasculitis, and it is also known as allergic granulomatosis or allergic angiitis.

Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is in the family of autoimmune diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Inflammatory bowel diseases involve an inflammatory reaction against the body’s gastrointestinal tract.

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Fibromyalgia is a stress-related autoimmune disease that affects the muscles. It is an arthritic-type disease that was previously known as rheumatism. Researchers say fibromyalgia affects up to 16 million North Americans, mostly women between the ages of 25 and 45.

Giant Cell Arteritis
Giant cell arteritis belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases called vasculitis. It affects the larger arteries leading to the head, especially those in the temples.

Glomerulonephritis is an autoimmune kidney disease that can result in renal failure. The tiny structures in the kidneys called glomeruli get inflamed, impeding the kidneys’ ability to remove wastes and excess fluids.

Graves Disease
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune thyroid disease that manifests as hyperthyroidism.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder of the nervous system that causes muscular problems. It is similiar to Multiple Sclerosis in that the body’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath around the nerves, or even the actual nerves.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the leading cause of hypothyroidism and goiter in the United States. Eighty-five percent of cases are women between the ages of 30 and 50.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an autoimmune disorder of the lungs that causes progressive scarring of the lung tissue. It is a chronic, progressive form of lung disease where the cause is unknown.

IgA Nephropathy
IgA nephropathy is a common autoimmune kidney disease which affects the small tubes in the kidneys called the glomeruli.

Interstitial Cystitis
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or “non-bacterial cystitis” is known as an immune system breakdown disorder because it typically appears when immunity has been compromised.

Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki disease is a form of vasculitis, which is an autoimmune disorder that affects the blood vessels. Kawasaki syndrome is seen most often in children under age five.

Lichen Planus
Lichen planus is a fairly common autoimmune skin condition in which antibodies attack the skin, mucous membranes, hair and nails.

Lupus (Systemic) Erythematosus
Lupus is a devastating form of arthritis, whereby the immune system’s antibodies mistakenly identify the body’s tissue as foreign substances and thereby attacks the connective tissue, causing inflammation and pain.

Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the inner ear. People with Meniere’s disease symptoms experience episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears, and a full feeling in the inner ear.

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) is a diagnosis given to a collection of symptoms that have similarities to lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other connective tissue diseases.

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve.

Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects skeletal muscles. The body’s immune system attacks the muscles’ acetylcholine receptors, which means that the muscles can no longer contract normally and they become weak.

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that is sometimes classified as an autoimmune disorder, as it is theorized that an immune reaction may cause the loss of nerve cells in the brain.

Pemphigus is an extremely rare and incurable autoimmune disorder that affects the skin and mucous membranes. The immune system attacks the skin, causing burn-like blisters.

Pernicious Anemia
Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune condition which occurs as a result of the destruction of the lining of the stomach.

Polyarteritis Nodosa
Polyarteritis nodosa belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases called vasculitis. It is characterized by an inflammation of the blood vessels, and it affects the smaller blood vessels throughout the body.

Polymysitis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflamed muscles and muscle and neck weakness. Muscle weakness may build up gradually over a few months, or it can come on suddenly.

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease of the liver in which the bile ducts are slowly destroyed. In primary biliary cirrhosis the small ducts within the liver are damaged, leading to a build-up of bile within the liver.

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune skin disorder which occurs when the skin cells replicate too quickly.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a very common autoimmune condition which affects the fingers and toes.

Reiter’s Syndrome
Reiter’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition which causes arthritis-like symptoms in the joints, the skeleton and the spine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious autoimmune disorder in which white blood cells attack the cartilage in the joints.

Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease condition that affects the organs of the body, but especially the liver and lungs.

Scleroderma or Crest Syndrome
Scleroderma is a runaway healing process where the body produces too much collagen and connective tissue, replacing normal cell structure.

Silicone Immune Toxicity Syndrome
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Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder in which the immune system produces autoantibodies that attack the tear, salivary and other moisture-producing glands, causing excessive dryness to the eyes and mucous membranes of the body.

Stiff Person Syndrome
Stiff Person Syndrome is a rare neurological autoimmune disorder characterized by progressive muscle stiffness, mainly in the spine and legs.

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (or insulin-dependent-diabetes mellitus) occurs when the pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin, leading to excessive levels of glucose in the blood.

Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases.

Vascular Dementia
Vascular dementia is due to damage to the small blood vessels that supply nutrients to the brain.

Vasculitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the blood vessels. It is an autoimmune disorder, and can occur alone or alongside other autoimmune disorders.

Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin disease in which the body creates antibodies directed against the pigment-producing cells.

Wegener’s Granulomatosis
Wegener’s granulomatosis belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases known as vasculitis. It is characterized by inflammation of the smaller arteries and veins in the respiratory tract and kidneys.