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Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type 1 - Video

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General Discussion

Autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 1 (APS-1) is a rare and complex recessively inherited disorder of immune-cell dysfunction with multiple autoimmunities. It presents as a group of symptoms including potentially life-threatening endocrine gland and gastrointestinal dysfunctions. Autoimmune disorders occur when antibodies and immune cells are launched by the body against one or several antigens of its own tissues. APS-1 is caused by changes (mutations) in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. HLA-DR/DQ genes also play a role in predisposing to which of the component autoimmune disease the patient actually develops.

APS-1 needs to be distinguished from the unrelated but more common APS-2 which is characterized by type-1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroid diseases.

Synonyms of Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type 1

  • APS-1
  • APS type 1
  • autoimmune-polyendocrine-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy syndrome
  • autoimmune polyendocrinopathy type 1 (APECED)
  • polyglandular autoimmune (PGA) syndrome type 1

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