Autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illnesses. Individually, autoimmune diseases are not very common, with the exception of thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease. Taken as a whole, however, they represent the fourth-largest cause of disability in Europe and the United States.
Symptoms vary widely, notably from one illness to another, but also within the same disease. And because the diseases affect multiple body systems, their symptoms can be misleading, which hinders accurate diagnosis.
Helping people live longer, healthier lives demands a better understanding of these diseases, as well as early diagnosis and treatment. Reliable diagnostic tools, such as an EliA blood test, support early and exact diagnosis.