Home Products Most Popular Contact
No items in your cart.
The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Autoimmune Diseases and Antinuclear Antibody Testing: Methods and Staining Patterns (retired 6/6/2018). Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

Learn more about Autoimmune Diseases and Antinuclear Antibody Testing: Methods and Staining Patterns (retired 6/6/2018) (online CE course) »
How to Subscribe
Individual course$20 Add to cart

Autoimmune Disease Overview (continued)

One aspect of these diseases is the formation of antibodies that are directed to self-antigens (autoantibodies). Thus, autoimmune diseases can be divided into two general groups:
  • Organ specific autoimmune disease: The autoantibodies attack a specific organ.
    • Example: Hashimoto thyroiditis where autoantibodies damage the thyroid gland.
  • Non-organ specific/systemic autoimmune disease: The autoantibodies attack multiple organ systems.
    • Example: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) where the autoantibodies may attack any organ in the body.