Autoimmune diseases form when the body’s immune system is compromised. The body’s immune system is unable to decipher between healthy body tissue and damaging substances called antigens. An immune response results in the form of a hypersensitive reaction, which destroys normal body tissues. An autoimmune disease can result in the following ways: abnormal organ growth, change in organ functionality, and/or the destruction of one or more kinds of body tissue. For a disease to be deemed as an autoimmune disease, it needs to answer a variety of criteria. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach specialize in treating autoimmune diseases.