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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders As Connective Tissue Disease

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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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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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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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Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

Partly: The exact cause of this disease is still unknown. We believe that there is a genetic or inherited predisposition and a second enviorental trigger for this disease. It is rate to see 2 family members with this disease. Basically this means it is not an inherited disease. The abity to get this disease may be inherited but not the disease itself. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

Connective tissue dz: Most common are fatigue, fevers, muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and weakness. There can be others, making the symptoms non-specific. Speak with your primary physician. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

Not my definition!: Mctd is a non-serious problem for most. The lab definition is usually an rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody. ...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