Research of autoimmune diseases has not revealed the mechanisms that cause this response. According to A.D.A.M, one theory holds that various microorganisms and drugs somehow "trigger" off the immune response, particularly in those with a genetic predisposition to an autoimmune disease.
Someone can experience more than one autoimmune disease at the same time. Many types of arthritis are considered autoimmune-related diseases.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Juvenile Arthritis
- Behcet's Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
- Raynaud's Phenomenon
- Giant Cell Arteritis / Temporal Arteritis
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Polyarteritis Nodosa
- Takayasu Arteritis
- Wegeners Granulomatosis
Autoimmune disorders, A.D.A.M.
Autoimmune Disease Patient Information, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association