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Doctor insights on: Collagen Vascular Diseases Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

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Where do collagen vascular diseases show up?

Where do collagen vascular diseases show up?

Different areas: Collagen vascular diseases or multi-system diseases are just that. They are a group of diseases characterized by autoimmune aberrations. Varied organ systems can be involved - skin, joints or any internal organs - heart, kidneys, blood or nervous system. The way a disease presents itself depends on which areas are involved. See you doctor or rheumatologist. ...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


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What's the significance of collagen vascular diseases?

Can be autoimmune: Collagen vascular disease encompasses a series of autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma to name a few. Each of these can have variations on their diagnostic categories. These were first named becuase there were similar changes in the soft tissues and blood vessels when biopsies were done in people with a collagen vascular diseases. ...Read more

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What are the concerns with having collagen vascular diseases?

DIFFICULT ANSWER: Collagen vasular diseases include a broad spectrum of illnesses. As a rheumatologist, we do our best to isolate what collagen vasular disease a patient has. The term, collagen vascular disease does not descibe one disease but rather the whole practice of rheumatology. I figure your doctor may have found an abnormal boold test which may or may not be significant. I need more information to help you. ...Read more

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How does collagen vascular disease affect the bladder?

How does collagen vascular disease affect the bladder?

Few do, but: Scleroderma (pss) can turn the autonomically controlled bladder muscle wall to contract from collagen based scarring with contracture, but few other would do so! ...Read more

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What do vertical lines on your nails say about your health??? (I have collagen vascular disease by the way. )

Don't worry....: Lines that go from side to side (horizontal ) nail are Beau's lines (guess which doctor named them) and certainly can be a reflection of a variety of conditions including collagen vascular disorders (I suspect you were talking about Raynaud's) . Vertical lines however are commonly seen normal healthy people. ...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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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


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Collagen Vascular Disease (Definition)

Collagen vascular disease was a term originally used to describe an abnormality of the collagen protein associated with blood vessels. It is now used to describe a collagen protein disorder in many types of connective tissues, ...Read more