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Diagnosis and Types of MS
 
Answered on: 10/8/2012

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Q :

I have heard the MS and Lupus are linked is this true and if so to what extent?

A :

Both MS and Lupus are auto-immune diseases. That is, the person’s own immune system is attacking their body. In MS, it attacks the nerve myelin in the brain and spinal cord. In Lupus, it involves joints, skin, organs, and brain.

They are otherwise not really linked. There is no certain genetic link and although they both involve the immune system, they probably involve different parts of the immune system. Auto-immune diseases in general may run in families. We probably inherent a tendency toward auto-immunity and some environmental factor then determines which disease develops.


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