Nature: This rare autoimmune disease is caused by a mutation in a single gene. In the malady, a victim's immune system attacks hormone-producing organs such as the pancreas and the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, often rendering them nonfunctional. People with APECED also often suffer from chronic fungal infections in their mouths and other mucous membranes, and hair loss.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 31.03.1998 – 00:00 CEST