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Immune System Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

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The body’s immune system usually works efficiently to ward off disease, but things can go wrong. Sometimes dysfunctions result from inherited conditions. Sometimes they are caused when bacteria or viruses, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), slip past normal immune system defenses. Sometimes, for reasons poorly understood, the immune system begins to attack normal body cells; this can result in an autoimmune disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease and that the prevalence is rising.

Immune System Disorders Sourcebook, Fourth Edition provides information about immune system function and related disorders. Readers will learn about inherited, acquired, and autoimmune diseases, including primary immune deficiency, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), lupus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Graves disease. Information about symptoms and treatments is included along with tips for coping with an immune disorder, suggestions for caregivers, glossaries of terms and diseases, and a directory of additional resources.

The book is divided into parts and chapters where parts focus on broad areas of interest and chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Immune System Overview describes how the immune system works and explains both natural and acquired immunity. It summarizes the types of disorders that affect the immune system and describes factors that influence its function. Research initiatives to help better understand the immune system and learn how it can be manipulated to produce health benefits are also described.

Part II: Diagnosis of Immune System Disorders provides information for people concerned about the diagnostic challenges involved in identifying immune disorders. Facts about the tests most commonly used, including blood, gene, and allergy tests, are provided.

Part III: Inherited Immune Deficiency Diseases explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that result when genetic defects cause essential parts of the immune system to be missing or to malfunction. Inherited immune deficiency diseases include primary immune deficiency (PID), ataxia-telangiectasia, selective IgA deficiency, and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which is more commonly known as bubble boy disease.

Part IV: Acquired Immune Deficiency Diseases describes immune system diseases that are not present at birth but that are acquired later. These can result from exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the body’s response to a transplant, or the inability to tolerate a substance in the environment.

Part V: Autoimmune Diseases explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases caused when immune cells mistake the body’s own cells as invaders and attack them. Individual chapters cover diseases alphabetically from Addison disease to vitiligo.

Part VI: Other Altered Immune Responses describes immune system reactions to environmental triggers and medical treatments. Topics include allergies and asthma, serum sickness, blood transfusion reaction, transplant rejection, and anaphylaxis.

Part VII: Treatments for Immune Deficiencies and Diseases contains information about drug and gene therapies, plasmapheresis, and stem cell transplantation. Treatments used for specific immune diseases are also described.

Part VIII: Coping with Immune Disease provides tips for individuals and families living with an autoimmune or immune system disease, including facts for caregivers, immunization recommendations, and suggestions for students and travelers with immune system disorders.

Part IX: Additional Help and Information offers glossaries of immune system terms and autoimmune diseases and a directory of resources.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Includes access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts