By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist
After my very simplistic 31 second explanation about autoimmunity, I thought you needed something more substantial.
Here's a nice animation trying to explain the immune system in action in the gut.
Disturbances of normal immune function in this area play a role in autoimmune disease including inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, reactive arthritis, spondyloarthritis & ankylosing spondylitis.
These diseases can cause arthritis, enthesitis & spondylitis.Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health. You should follow him on twitter here. Arthritis requires an integrated approach. We call this, Connected Care. Contact us.