Interaction of pregnancy and autoimmune rheumatic disease.

  title={Interaction of pregnancy and autoimmune rheumatic disease.},
  author={Monika Elisabeth \Ostensen and P Villiger and Frauke Foerger},
  journal={Autoimmunity reviews},
  volume={11 6-7},
During pregnancy, the fetus represents a natural allograft that is not normally rejected. While the maternal immune system retains the ability to respond to foreign antigens, tolerance mechanisms are up-regulated to protect the fetus from immunologic attacks by the mother. The profound immunologic adaptations during and after pregnancy do influence maternal autoimmune rheumatic diseases in several ways. One is triggering the onset of a rheumatic disease in the post partum period, the other… CONTINUE READING
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