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Systemic autoimmune diseases: Systemic autoimmune diseases can affect many organs of body and tissues at the same time.

This can be broadly classified into:

   Rheumatological/connective tissue disease
   Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)

Types of rheumatological systemic autoimmune diseases:

   Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (multiple organs due to a blood clotting disorder)
   Dermatomyositis (muscles, skin)
   Polymyalgia rheumatica (large group muscle – pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips)
   Polymyositis (muscles, skin)
   Scleroderma (skin, intestine, less commonly lungs, kidneys)
   Sjögren’s syndrome (salivary glands, joints, tear glands)
   Primary Raynaud’s disease (blood vessels – spasm of the arteries in the extremities, especially the fingers)
   Rheumatic fever
   Rheumatoid arthritis (joints, less commonly lungs, eyes, skin)
   Systemic Lupus Erythematosus which affects kidneys, heart, brain, red blood cells and skin



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Intro   Cell Mediated Protection    Types of localized (organ specific) autoimmune diseases:    Systemic autoimmune diseases:    Diagnosis of autoimmune diseases:    References:   

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