When your body is attacked--perhaps by a virus or germs on a nail you stepped on--your immune system defends you. It sees and kills the germs that might hurt you. But when the system doesn't work right, this process can cause harm. Immune cells can mistake your body's own cells as invaders and attack them. This "friendly fire" can affect almost any part of the body. It can sometimes affect many parts of the body at once. This is called autoimmunity (meaning self-immunity).

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Devic''s Syndrome Information Page
... Devic's syndrome is a rare autoimmune central nervous system disorder characterized by transverse myelitis (in which the fatty, protective covering of the spinal cord breaks down) and optic neurit...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
... Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a disorder of the neuromuscular junction-the site where nerve cells meet muscle cells and help activate the muscles. It is caused by a disruption of electri...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

   

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