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I have active autoimmune connective tissue disease.Could that be why HDL is >100? Ldl is <100. I eat healthy and exercise. Or is HDL >100 a good thing

I have active autoimmune connective tissue disease.Could that be why HDL is >100? Ldl is <100. I eat healthy and exercise. Or is HDL >100 a good thing

Unlikely related: Hdl cholesterol (hdl-c) > 100 is uncommon. In general, high hdl-c may be the result of genetics (hyperalphalipoproteinemia), exercise, increased alcohol intake, or medications (niacin, fibrates). Rare causes include obstruction in the biliary tract, very high blood levels of dilantin, and organophosphate toxicity. In some cases high HDL is not protective due to poor HDL particle functionality. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Is Palmar fibrosis a autoimmune disease or Mixed connective tissue disease?

Is Palmar fibrosis a autoimmune disease or Mixed connective tissue disease?

No: It's neither. It's an overgrowth of fibrous tissue that's poorly understood. Sometimes an injection can break it, or surgery's an option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does an increased number of mast cells in stress-indiced urticaria biopsy indicate? Previously diagnosed w/connective tissue autoimmune disease.

Histamine!: Mast cells contain histamine the chemical start in "immunology" parlance causes itching, leagage of fluid from blood vessels, even burning. This typical in an urticarial bx! ...Read more

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Have mixed connective tissue disease and whenever I have a flare, my SVT flares up as well. Why would my auto immune disease affect my SVT? Thanks

Have mixed connective tissue disease and whenever I have a flare, my SVT flares up as well. Why would my auto immune  disease affect my SVT?  Thanks

See your DR: You fail to give any details about diagnoses or meds or symptoms, so you will get no answer here. Have a serious evaluation by your DR. SVT can be disabling and tends to get worse with time. There may be factors involving meds or your abnormal physiology. SVT may be due to an aberrant conductive tissue in your heart. This can be identified and cured by a special type of cardiologist. ...Read more

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Whats mixed connective tissue disease?

Whats mixed connective tissue disease?

Labs can confuse.: The labs are just a fraction of what needed to get you better. Your history and physical exam will determine your treatment. Looking for which labs will delay and confuse. You need to develop a few paragraphs of all your issues and sit down with your doctor to put the pieces together. Began a wellness program and add in magnesium and acupuncture. ...Read more

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What is mixed connective tissue disease?

What is mixed connective tissue disease?

Combination of CTD: Mixed connective tissue disease is an autoimmune conditions with a combination of autoimmune diseases systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and polymyositis. One of these conditions is usually more prominent than the others at one time and with time it can progress to the other autoimmune diseases. Thus you may have arthritis, or a rash, or internal medical probelm. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Connective Tissue (Definition)

There are many types of connective tissue, but in general it is a mass of fibers and thick "goopy" fluids secreted by specialized cells. The body often uses connective tissue to help ...Read more