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Autoimmune Diseases

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Autoimmune diseases encompass a broad category of related diseases in which a person's immune system attacks his or her own tissue. The immune system is meant to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria. Autoimmune diseases result from immune cells making a mistake and attacking the very cells that they are meant to protect. Some examples of autoimmune diseases include:

  • Lupus
  • POEMS syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis



American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

AARDA is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.

  • Provides information about autoimmune diseases and referrals to single-autoimmune disease groups.

People affected with an autoimmune disease worldwide