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Autoimmune disorders consist of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.

Examples of autoimmune (or immune related) disorders include:

Addison’s disease
Celiac disease (celiac sprue)
Graves’ disease
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Multiple sclerosis
Myasthenia gravis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sjögren syndrome
Systemic lupus erythematosus


Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the body's immune response is reduced or absent. They impair the immune system's ability to defend the body against foreign or abnormal cells that invade or attack it (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cancer cells). As a result, unusual bacterial, viral or fungal infections, and rare cancers may develop. Some immunodeficiency disorders shorten life span. Others persist throughout life but do not affect life span, and a few resolve with or without treatment.

There are two types of immunodeficiency disorders:

  • Congenital (primary): These disorders are present at birth and are usually hereditary. They typically become evident during infancy or childhood. There are more than 200 congenital immunodeficiency disorders. All are relatively rare. 
  • Acquired (secondary): These disorders develop later in life and often result from use of a drug or from another disorder, such as diabetes or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. They are more common than congenital immunodeficiency disorders. 

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