Immune Disorders

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The immune system defends the body against unwanted intruders such as germs and cancer cells. The lymphatic system, composed of the tonsils, thymus, lymph nodes, liver, spleen, appendix and bone marrow, among other things, makes up the immune system. Once the immune system recognizes a foreign substance, it attacks the substance and attempts to either eliminate it from the body or encapsulate it so that it will no longer affect the body.

Immunodeficiency disorders result in a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system can cause more frequent and severe infections, and an increased recovery time. The causes of immunodeficiency disorders include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, chickenpox, kidney failure, diabetes, mononucleosis and chronic hepatitis.

Autoimmune reactions occur when the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. When the body attacks its own tissues, it may destroy otherwise healthy blood vessels and organs. Autoimmune reactions can cause disorders such as Lupus, Graves' disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some immune system disorders and some of their common causes.

See Also

  1. Allergies: Overview
  2. Anaphylactic Shock: Overview
  3. Autoimmune Disorders: Overview
  4. Organ Transplant Rejection: Overview
  5. 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene
  6. Agent Orange
  7. Bellvue, Colorado
  8. Benzene
  9. Buckeye Pulp Mill: Overview
  10. Cabot-Koppers, Gainesville
  11. Chlorinated Dibenzofurans (CDFs)
  12. Colfax Treating Co. & Durawood - Pineville, Louisiana & Alexandria, Louisiana
  13. Dental Sealants: Overview
  14. Dioxin
  15. Fruit Avenue Plume Site - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  16. GEL Landfill: Overview
  17. Geneva Steel - Vineyard, Utah
  18. Hexachlorobenzene
  19. Hexachlorocyclohexanes
  20. Ipriflavone: Overview
  21. Irradiation: Overview
  22. Landia Chemical Company: Overview
  23. Lindane: Overview
  24. Midland, Michigan - Tittabawassee River
  25. Mount Dioxin - Pensacola
  26. Natick Laboratory - Natick, Massachusetts
  27. Nickel
  28. Nitrogen Mustards (HN-1, HN-2, HN-3) (Blister Agent)
  29. Pentachlorophenol
  30. Plutonium
  31. Poles, Incorporated - Oldtown, Idaho
  32. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
  33. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons / PAH
  34. Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids
  35. Skin-Cap: Overview
  36. Tequin / Gatifloxacin
  37. Tin
  38. Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH)
  39. Toxaphene
  40. Trichloroethylene
  41. Vinyl Acetate
  42. Vinyl Chloride
  43. Zinc
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