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Connective tissue disorders--are they genetic or autoimmune?

Connective tissue disorders--are they genetic or autoimmune?

Likley: A combination of both in which genetics predispose you but a trigger or exposure which your body encounters turns on the autoantibodies. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Whats collagen vascular disease?

Whats collagen vascular disease?

Collagen Vascular : These are diseases that attack the connective tissues of blood vessels. They are typically autoimmune disorders characterized by overactivity of the immune system resulting in auto-antibodies that attack the collagen connective tissue of blood vessels & other tissues, resulting in inlammation & weakness of the connecitve tissues. Examples are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, & sjogren's. ...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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Is autoimmune hepatitis connective tissue disorder?

No: Autoimmune hepatitis is an inflammatory condition that effects the liver cells. Antibodies from a patient's own immune system attack the cells of the liver. ...Read more

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If autonomic dysfunction caused by connective tissue disease.Would treating connective tissue disease control the autonomic disease sx? Ie prednisone?

If autonomic dysfunction caused by connective tissue disease.Would treating connective tissue disease control the autonomic disease sx? Ie prednisone?

Very possible: Autonomic dysfunction is a frustrating condition. If you did every measure that your doc suggested but to no avail, treating connective tissue disease with steroid may possibly help. ...Read more

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Are some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation of cartilage?

Are some diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis characterized by inflammation of cartilage?

No: The inflammatory process in RA is in the synovium (the tissue that lines the joint). Cartilage damage can occur secondary to this inflammatory process. ...Read more

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What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disease besides rheumatologists?

What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disease besides rheumatologists?

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. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids : Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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What causes connective tissue disorder?

A real mish-mash...: Causes for any one of the hundreds of connective tissue disorders can vary. Some causes are just simply not known. Injury or trauma can be involved as well as infections. There is also a genetic component to causing some of the disorders. If you suspect a connective tissue problem, consult with your primary care provider for a thorough history and physical evaluation to help identify the cause. ...Read more

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What are some disabilities caused by musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders?

What are some disabilities caused by musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders?

LESS FUNCTION: I'll divide disabilites into 2 categories: joint related and unrelated. Related: less function: depends on hte joints involved. If hands and wrists are arthritic, difficulty with gripping, holding a pen, opening jars. If the knees are involved you may have difficulty getting outa chair and climbing stairs. Joint unrelated: fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances. ...Read more

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What complications does collagen vascular disease cause?

What complications does collagen vascular disease cause?

Depends: Depends on location of affected organ like lungs, kidneys, intestines .. Etc ...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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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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Symptoms for connective tissue disorders?

Symptoms for connective tissue disorders?

CT Symptoms: Common symptom of a connective tissue disease is nonspecific fatigue. Depending on which connective tissue disease is present, and how active it is, a wide variety of symptoms may occur. These include fevers, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, weakness, and many other symptoms. ...Read more

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Cartilage Disorders (Definition)

Cartilage is a soft tissue that surrounds the ends of some bones and forms both sides of a joint. When it is healthy, cartilage surfaces glide smoothly over each other. When it is not, a scrubbing sometimes painful motion can occur. Cartilage disorders can be arthritic, posttraumatic, or ...Read more


Collagen (Definition)

Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more