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Autoimmune diseases in a Nigerian woman--a case report

West Afr J Med. 2003 Dec;22(4):361-3
Talabi OA, Owolabi MO, Osotimehin BO.
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Autoimmune diseases (AD) are conditions in which there is the development of antibodies against self cells/organs.

AD could either be organ-specific or non-organ specific (systemic) in clinical presentation.

Commonly reported ADs includes: Myasthenia gravis, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Guillian-Barre syndrome, vitiligo, type 1 diabetes mellitus, Graves diseases, Goodpastures syndrome, pemphigus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosis, Addisons disease, multiple sclerosis, pernicious anaemia, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, chronic active hepatitis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

There is paucity of locally documented information on the occurrence of AD in same patient in our environment.

We therefore report the case of a 66 year old woman who presented at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, with a spectrum of the AD, Vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, impaired glucose tolerance.