The purpose of our immune system is to protect the body from invading infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria (called ‘pathogens’). But there is a fine balance between providing this protection without overreacting and causing harm. The immune system is unbalanced in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and this is also thought to be the case in ME/CFS.
For the next few weeks our research posts will be focusing on the immune system in ME/CFS, with articles written by one of our Trustees, Dr Eleanor Roberts. She starts by introducing the components of immunity and how they act together to protect our body.
There is no single organ of the immune system. Instead it comprises several components throughout the body, including the thymus gland, spleen, lymph nodes, brain, blood, lymph and digestive system.
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