Types of Autoimmune Diseases
Because there are more than 80 autoimmune disease types, doctors usually categorize them into groups by the body systems they attack. The body systems that autoimmune diseases can affect include but are not limited to blood and blood vessels, the digestive tract, eyes, skin, and glands.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, which are also known as autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any organ or body system. In many people with autoimmune disease, the first symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches, and low fever.
Autoimmune Disease Types and What They Affect
One way to group autoimmune diseases is by the body systems they attack. These affected systems include:
- Blood and blood vessels
- Digestive tract (including the mouth)
- Nerves and brain
Blood and Blood Vessels
Autoimmune diseases that affect blood and blood vessels include:
- Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
- Pernicious anemia
- Polyarteritis nodosa
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Wegener's granulomatosis.
Types of autoimmune diseases that affect the digestive tract (including the mouth) are: