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Autoimmunity 

Autoimmunity

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Autoimmunity
Author(s):

Antony Rosen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0504

February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 23 August 2017

Autoimmune diseases occur when a sustained, specific, adaptive immune response is generated against self-components, and results in tissue damage or dysfunction. They probably affect more than 3% of Western populations, more commonly women than men, and have peak incidence in the third to sixth decades....

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