Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – June 2010
New Fact Sheet: Understanding Autoinflammatory Diseases
Format: Fact Sheet
Institute: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Autoinflammatory diseases are a relatively new category of diseases that are different from autoimmune diseases. However, autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases share some characteristics: both groups of disorders result from the immune system attacking the body's own tissues, and both cause increased inflammation.
Understanding Autoinflammatory Diseases, a new fact sheet from NIAMS, contains general information on the immune system and brief descriptions of some of the more common autoinflammatory diseases.
You can read Understanding Autoinflammatory Diseases at www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Autoinflammatory/default.asp.