Lupus, the Prototypical Autoimmune Disease, and the Military
Introduction: Lupus Autoimmune Disease and the Military
Lupus is the prototypical autoimmune disease because it can affect any organ system or tissue in the body. Many experts believe that research on lupus may provide important clues to understanding other autoimmune diseases. In lupus, the body’s own immune system becomes unbalanced and incapable of differentiating between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. In essence, the body attacks itself, causing inflammation, pain and damage to the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood system, kidneys and brain resulting in significant disability or death.