Those with autoimmune diseases are at higher risk of getting a second autoimmune condition.
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or other autoimmune diseases have a high likelihood of being impacted with a second autoimmune disorder. The question is why?
Several explanations for the phenomenon were offered in a recent news report that presented data from multiple studies on the co-occurrence of autoimmune diseases.
Some studies suggested that genetic and immunologic mechanisms may contribute to co-existing autoimmune diseases. Environmental triggers may also set the manifestation of a second disease in motion.
Polyautoimmunity is defined as the presence of more than one autoimmune disease in the same patient. The occurrence of three or more autoimmune diseases, however, is called multiple autoimmune syndrome (MAS). According to researchers, the syndrome may be more prevalent than previously thought.
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