What Are Related Autoimmune Diseases?
Lupus is one of a larger number of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma, myositis, etc. Flaws in the immune system function and regulation link all of these diseases. Symptoms sometimes overlap. Treatments are sometimes similar. And it’s thought that their causes and potential cures could also be linked.
To date, there are at least 80 different types of autoimmune diseases. In many cases, there tends to be overlap between diseases, making it difficult to diagnose.