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[CHARACTERISTICS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES]

SZEGEDI Gyula

NOVEMBER 21, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(11)

[In the article the author reviews some features of autoimmune diseases and defines autoimmunity and autoimmune disease. According to epidemiological data, the number of patients increases and the causes are discussed in this paper. The pathogenetical background, the characteristics of the loss of immunetolerance are detailed. The author deals with the features of the pathomechanism, the course of the diseases and with the problems of the progression and classification. He also presents the expectations of clinicians to molecular medicine.]

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