Autoimmune Diseases: Definitions & Types


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Which of the following results in the destruction of the myelin sheath in the central nervous system?

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1. Which disease occurs as a result of the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas?

2. Linda has been suffering on a recurring basis from diarrhea and vomiting that does not appear to be linked to consumption of any particular type of food. She has been considering seeing a doctor because the symptoms do not appear to be going away on their own. What type of autoimmune disease may she be developing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These learning assessments will help you understand what happens when a person's immune system attacks its own body. You'll be asked to identify common types of autoimmune diseases and how they each affect the human body.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on:

  • What the immune system attacks in autoimmune diseases
  • The condition that results in destruction of the myelin sheath
  • The disease that occurs due to the destruction of insulin-producing cells
  • The type of disease that ulcerative colitis and Crohn's fall under
  • The diseases that involve an overactive or underactive thyroid

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - define and describe common types of autoimmune diseases
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on autoimmune diseases
  • Distinguishing differences - understand how different autoimmune diseases affect the human body

Additional Learning

To learn more about autoimmune diseases, watch the accompanying lesson on Features and Types of Autoimmune Diseases. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Define and describe the process of autoimmune diseases
  • Identify and describe the different types of autoimmune diseases
  • Learn why autoimmune diseases target specific parts of the body