'ASIA' - Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants

Yehuda Shoenfeld*, Nancy Agmon-Levin

*Corresponding author for this work

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The role of various environmental factors in the pathogenesis of immune mediated diseases is well established. Of which, factors entailing an immune adjuvant activity such as infectious agents, silicone, aluminium salts and others were associated with defined and non-defined immune mediated diseases both in animal models and in humans. In recent years, four conditions: siliconosis, the Gulf war syndrome (GWS), the macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF) and post-vaccination phenomena were linked with previous exposure to an adjuvant. Furthermore, these four diseases share a similar complex of signs and symptoms which further support a common denominator.Thus, we review herein the current data regarding the role of adjuvants in the pathogenesis of immune mediated diseases as well as the amassed data regarding each of these four conditions. Relating to the current knowledge we would like to suggest to include these comparable conditions under a common syndrome entitled ASIA, "Autoimmune (Auto-inflammatory) Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants"

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-8
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Autoimmunity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Adjuvant
  • Autoimmunity
  • Gulf war syndrome (GWS)
  • Macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF)
  • Silicone
  • Vaccine


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