What doctor deals with autoimmune disorders?
What types of doctors treat autoimmune diseases?
- Nephrologist. A doctor who treats kidney problems, such as inflamed kidneys caused by lupus.
- Physical therapist.
How are autoimmune diseases diagnosed?
No single test can diagnose most autoimmune diseases. Your doctor will use a combination of tests and a review of your symptoms and physical examination to diagnose you. The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is often one of the first tests that doctors use when symptoms suggest an autoimmune disease.
What blood tests are done to check for autoimmune disorders?
One blood test for autoimmune disease is C-reactive protein (CRP). Another test is ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) – this is done to assess an inflammation that is not from an infection or due to other reasons. One of the most common blood tests for detecting autoimmune disorders is ANA (antinuclear antibodies).
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.
What is the most deadly autoimmune disease?
Giant cell myocarditis: most fatal of autoimmune diseases.
What triggers autoimmune disease?
The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.