Medicine » Immunology, Allergology and Rheumatology

Autoimmune Disorders - Current Concepts and Advances from Bedside to Mechanistic Insights

Edited by Fang-Ping Huang, ISBN 978-953-307-653-9, 614 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published November 14, 2011 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1851

Autoimmune disorders are caused due to break down of the immune system, which consequently fails in its ability to differentiate "self" from "non-self" in the context of immunology. The diseases are intriguing, both clinically and immunologically, for their diversified clinical phenotypes and complex underlying immunological mechanisms. This book offers cutting-edge information on some of the specific autoimmune disease phenotypes, respective diagnostic and prognostic measures, classical and new therapeutic options currently available, pathogenesis and underlying mechanisms potentially involved, and beyond. In the form of Open Access, such information is made freely available to clinicians, basic scientists and many others who will be interested regarding current advances in the areas. Its potential readers will find many of the chapters containing in-depth analysis, interesting discussions and various thought-provoking novel ideas.