Paula J. D’Amore, Ph.D., D(AMBLI) - Assistant Professor, Division of Health Sciences - California State University, Dominguez Hills Approved for 1.0 CE Level of Difficulty: Intermediate CAMLT is approved by the California Department of Public Health as a CA CLS Accrediting Agency (#21) Autoimmune diseases are generally divided into two categories: organ-specific and systemic. In systemic autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an immune response is directed against one or several self antigens present throughout the body. Organ-specific autoimmune disorders usually target an antigen(s) present on a single organ or tissue and an immune response is limited to that specific organ. Within this group, the endocrine system appears to be a common target for autoimmune disease and will be the primary focus of this article.
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