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Autoimmune Polyendocrinopathy-Candidiasis-Ectodermal Dystrophy (APECED) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED): A genetic autoimmune disease with an extraordinary array of clinical features but characterized most often by at least 2 of the following 3 findings: hypoparathyroidism - underfunction of the parathyroid glands which control calcium, candidiasis (yeast infection), and adrenal insufficiency (underfunction of the adrenal gland). APECED was the first systemic (bodywide) autoimmune disease found due to a defect in a single gene.



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