These diseases have a number of common features:
- They affect women much more frequently than men.
- They are "multisystem" diseases, capable of affecting the function of many organs.
- They "overlap" with one another, sharing certain clinical symptoms, signs, and laboratory abnormalities.
- Blood vessels are the most common target of injury in all of these diseases.
- The immune system is abnormal and accounts, at least in part, for the observed tissue damage.
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Lupus and overlap diseases
Lupus and Sjögren's syndrome
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