How do you test for autoimmune diseases?
Tests that may be done to diagnose an autoimmune disorder include:
- Antinuclear antibody tests.
- Autoantibody tests.
- Comprehensive metabolic panel.
- C-reactive protein (CRP)
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
What are the most common autoimmune diseases?
According to The Autoimmune Registry, the top 10 most common autoimmune diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.
- Celiac disease.
- Graves’ disease.
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1.
- Rheumatic fever.
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis.
How does a rheumatologist diagnose autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases may be difficult to diagnose, and treatment choices are very complicated. A rheumatologist is specifically trained to diagnose and treat these illnesses. New biologic medications specifically target parts of the immune system to stop/turn off the inflammation causing damage.
Do neurologists treat autoimmune diseases?
Neurologist. People who have autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis that affect the nervous system may work with a neurologist. Dermatologist. If your autoimmune disorder is associated with skin symptoms, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist, who has been trained to manage diseases of the skin.