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Why is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Lupus is an autoimmune disease because it causes your immune system to attack good tissue in your body as well as bad tissue. Typically, your immune system creates antibodies that only fight diseases and other damaging substances in the body. If you have lupus, your body generates a great number of antibodies that act irregularly, killing important and vital tissue. The result is inflammation in many parts of the body, including your skin, joints, organs, and blood vessels. For this reason, lupus is also called a chronic inflammatory disease.

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