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  Sep 30, 2018
Autoimmunity Classification
Autoimmunity Classification
  Sep 30, 2018

Several diseases and disorders are caused by autoimmune mechanisms. Autoimmune diseases can generally be divided into those that are systemic and those that are localised and only affect a certain tissue or organ.

Systemic disorders

Systemic disorders involve autoantibodies that are not specific to antigens found on certain tissues. Examples include:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Goodpasture’s syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis

Local disorders

Examples of local disorders that are specific to a particular tissue or organ can be divided into the following groups:

  • Dermatologic diseases
    •  Sjögren's Syndrome
    •  Scleroderma
    •  Dermatomyositis
    •  Psoriasis
    •  Vitiligo
    •  Alopecia areata