Autoimmune Center at MidMichigan Health
Autoimmune diseases can be very debilitating with loss of function and life. They can also be challenging to diagnose and treat. That's why MidMichigan Health has developed a program dedicated to the care of patients with suspected or confirmed autoimmune diseases. Unlike specialty clinics (such as a Rheumatology clinic) or disease specific centers (such as a Colitis center), we see patients with a broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases across the specialties. We strive to assist patients in getting to the right diagnosis and the best available treatment through comprehensive evaluations and coordination of care with specialists across the country.
What is an autoimmune disease?
An autoimmune disease is an illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the body. The immune system serves to protect the body, but in this disease state the immune response is directed at the body itself. The cause for this remains unknown.
What are symptoms of an autoimmune disease?
There are many symptoms which may indicate an underlying autoimmune disease but these symptoms need proper evaluation. Symptoms such as chronic fatigue or diffuse arthralgia may occur but these symptoms are also found in many non-autoimmune disorders. Diseases such as lupus may present in a variety of ways with multiple symptoms whereas diseases such as vitiligo present very distinctly. We recommend patients seek proper evaluation of their symptoms which includes clinical history, examination and appropriate tests.
What diseases are considered to be autoimmune?
There is no complete list of autoimmune diseases due to a difference of opinion regarding some diseases and emerging evidence adding diseases to the list. Here is our working list of autoimmune diseases:
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Autoimmune aplastic anemia
Autoimmune featured interstitial lung disease
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Autoimmune inner ear disease
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative disorder
Autoimmune optic neuropathy
Churg strauss syndrome
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
Dermatomyositis Discoid lupus
Drug induced autoimmune disorder
Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
Guillain barre syndrome
Henoch schonlein purpura
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic transverse myelitis
Igg4 related systemic disease
Inclusion body myositis
Immune dysregulation polyendocrinopathy enteropathy X linked syndrome (IPEX)
Latent autoimmune diabetes of adult onset
Lambert eaton syndrome
Linear iga disease
Mixed connective tissue disease
Mixed essential cryoglobulinemia
Mooren's corneal ulcer
Mucous membrane pemphigoid
Multifocal motor neuropathy
Neuropathy associated wth igm monoclonal gammopathy
Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections
Pars planitis Paraneoplastic autoimmune disorder
Pemphigus Pernicious anemia
Polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type 1
Polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type 2
Polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type 3
Polymyositis Polyarteritis nodosa
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Primary sclerosing cholangiitis
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
Rheumatic heart disease
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Stiff person syndrome
Type B insulin resstance
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease
Who are autoimmune specialists?
There isn't an existing speciality to manage autoimmune diseases collectively. Ideally a clinical immunologist with subspecialty training in autoimmunity would be the autoimmune disease specialist, but no such specialty exists. Instead, different specialists manage different diseases. For example, a neurologist manages myasthenia gravis whereas a gastroenterologist manages Crohn’s disease. In addition, there are now many specialists who subspecialize in a particular disease. For example, there are rheumatologists who specialize in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and cardiologists who specialize in autoimmune myocarditis. It is recommended to seek a specialist who specializes in the particular disease.
Schedule an Appointment
The Autoimmune Center at MidMichigan Health welcomes patients with known or suspected autoimmune diseases. To schedule an appointment, please call (989) 802-8525.