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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 665-671

The treatment strategies of autoimmune disease may need a different approach from conventional protocol: A review

Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, NHCL, Watertank Road, Basaweswarnagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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S Chandrashekara
Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, NHCL, Watertank Road, Basaweswarnagar, Bangalore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.103235

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Autoimmune disease (AD) is one of the emerging noncommunicable diseases. Remission is a possibility in AD, but current treatment strategies are not able to achieve this. We have well-established protocols for infections, oncology, metabolic diseases, and transplantation which are often used as models for the management of AD. Studies and observations suggest that in contrast to diseases used as a role model, AD has wide variability, different causative and pathogenic process, which is highly dynamic, making the current treatment strategies to fall short of expected complete remission. In this brief review, it is attempted to highlight the current understanding of AD and the probable gaps in the treatment strategies. Few hypothetical suggestions to modify the treatment protocols are presented.


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