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what is the treatment for mixed connective tissue disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Little to more.: Mctd has its detractors believing it will eventually morph into another ctd. My treatment is based on treating what exists. Most pts do well on plaquenyl and an nsaid, if joint aching is a problem.
Dr. Robert Lowe
Dr. Robert Lowe commented
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
MCTD can be quite serious in children, often much more serious than in adults. Childhood MCTD should be managed by a board certified pediatric rhemmatologist for just this reason. Not mild in kids, but very treatable!
May 16, 2014
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Many: There are many treatments for this disease. It is usually treated by a dermatologist and a rheumatologist. You should discuss with both possible treatments.
Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Serious management: MCTD can be very serious in children and often requires long term medications including Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine)methotrexate,Cellcept,prednisone, and/or rituximab.Kids can have truly life threatening complications such as pulmonary hypertension that can lead to right-sided heart failure and severe restrictive pulmonary disease.Fortunately careful management by a pediatric rheumatologist usually has good results

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A 41-year-old member asked:

I know this dude who has mixed connective tissue disease. What is that?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Lupus/scleroderma: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is an autoimmune disease that usually has features of lupus and scleroderma. Many people have raynaud's (fingers change color) and puffy fingers, and a positive ANA with a more specific test called "rnp" and may also have rashes, arthritis, or inflammation in other organs. It is treated a lot like lupus. Seeing a rheumatologist is helpful.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disease besides rheumatologists?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Any physician: It depends on the expertise. As a rheumatologist we may not necessarily have a corner on the market, but depending on what signs and symptoms the patient has they may be diagnosed by other physicians. It is important to be clear what the true diagnosis is since mctd people can have skin, joint, muscle, lung, heart, kidney involvement to name some. It depends on the stage of the mctd.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Possible mixed connective tissue disease, doctor says? What is a mixed disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
MCTD!: Mixed connective tissue disease a much milder disease than the cousins it may share features with: sly, sjogren's, scleroderma. It is characterized by find the "rnp" antibody, in the absence of the sm-antibody. Usually treated with plaquenyl. May have milder sjogren's, raynauds than other diseases, may cause joint pain, but no damage. We treat the sx that dominate and vary between pts with mctd.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not my definition!: Mctd is a non-serious problem for most. The lab definition is usually an rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the major presenting symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Joint, skin, interna: Mctd can have a variety of signs and sympotms whichcan change with times. By the name it is a mixture of a variety of connective tissue diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis and rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on which condition is prominent at the time. When you are evaluated your physician will look for causes of the symptoms from these categories.

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