Autoantibodies as predictors of disease.

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CONTEXT Many human diseases are the result of autoimmune attack, presumably related to a loss of tolerance to self. Autoimmune disease can be divided into either organ-specific illnesses, such as thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, and mysasthenia gravis, or systemic illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The pathogenesis of… (More)

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