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September 2012

Alopecia Areata

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Alopecia Areata is a genetically related auto-immune condition in which the body attacks its own hair follicles resulting in small bald patches. It can involve the entire scalp (totalis) or the entire body (universalis). Sometimes patients spontaneously improve and others continue to worsen. Steroid therapy and topical immune-suppressants are frequently…

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Myasthenia Gravis

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Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigability. It is an autoimmune disorder, in which weakness is caused by circulating antibodies that inhibit the excitatory effects of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine on neuromuscular junctions. Muscular fatigue is often seen and MG is associated with ocular…

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Autoimmune Neuropathy and CIDP

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CIDP also known as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is an auto-immune disease of the nervous system characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. CIDP is closely related to Guillan-Barre Disease. Treatment for CIDP includes steroids and immunosuppressant drugs. Plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) and intravenous immunoglobulin…

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