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chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the atrophic arthritis , rheumatism , rheumatoid arthritis
production of antibodies against the tissues of your own body; produces autoimmune disease or hypersensitivity reactions autoimmunity
autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and connective tissue; fibrous connective tissue is deposited in the skin dermatosclerosis , scleroderma
autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland; most common in middle-aged women Hashimoto's disease
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