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Autoimmunity

Antony Rosen

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0504

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Autoimmunity

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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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Subjects: Immunology

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