Identifying an autoimmune disease

Worldwide, millions of people suffer from a variety of autoimmune diseases that vary in manifestation and severity. They all affect the body’s immune system and may cause serious and chronic health problems.

The role of the immune system is to protect the body from external influences, such as viruses or bacteria. If the body's immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect an autoimmune disease may result.

A common example is autoimmune thyroid diseases, namely Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease. The immune system attacks the thyroid gland and provokes an inflammation so that the thyroid gland cannot work properly anymore.

Millions of people suffer from autoimmune diseases whereas women are far more affected than men. The list includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine system as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessels.

Until today a varied group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses are known.

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.