Autoimmune Diseases and Hypersensitivity


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Jeremy's own body cells and receptors are under attack by antibodies that his body produced. These types of antibodies are referred to as _____.

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1. An immune response specific to self-antigens is known as _____.

2. The immune cells in Katie's body are overreacting to an antigen and causing excessive inflammation and damage to her own body's cells and receptors. This describes _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can help you quickly assess your understanding of the body's reaction during an autoimmune disease and what part hypersensitivity plays in some of these diseases. To pass the quiz, you'll need to be familiar with terms and definitions used throughout the accompanying lesson.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe antibodies that are directed against the body's own cells
  • The term used to describe an immune response specific to self-antigens
  • The term used to describe the body's immune cells overreacting to an antigen, leading to inflammation and cell damage
  • The ability to recognize features of Graves' disease
  • The ability to identify clinical signs of myasthenia gravis

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how autoimmune diseases develop
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens during a hypersensitivity reaction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about hypersensitivity in specific autoimmune diseases

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Autoimmune Diseases and Hypersensitivity. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe what happens in the body when one has an autoimmune disease
  • Detail what leads to a hypersensitivity reaction
  • Define hypersensitivity reaction
  • Provide examples of autoimmune diseases