Autoimmune disease: When the immune system goes wrong and attacks your own body

Autoimmune diseases destroy the body's own cells and tissues.

Autoimmune disease: When the immune system goes wrong and attacks your own body

Autoimmune diseases destroy the body's own cells and tissues. Virtually any organ can be affected: kidneys, lungs, heart or brain, for example. The inflammation and tissue damage that occurs causes pain, deforms joints, leads to jaundice, itching or breathing difficulties. Medicine distinguishes between diseases that are limited to a specific organ and those that cause damage throughout the body.

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