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Collagen Vascular Diseases Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Sle
Collagen vascular diseases are a variety of conditions that involve disorders of collagen. Collagen is a tough, glue-like protein that makes up 30% of body protein. It shapes the structure of tendons, bones, and connective tissues. Problems with the immune system can affect these structures, and lead to conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, and ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sle (lupus) affect vertebral and/or carotid arteries, or cause vascular conditions / diseases and if so, how (and what)?
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
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
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
Not a cancer: Sle is an autoimmune disease that can affects multiple organ including kidney, brain, joints, skin, blood, eyes etc. It is not cancer. Yes, it can be very debilitating and lethal if not treated properly. You need to see a rheumatologist and discuss in detail with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: The reason that insurance exists is to spread the risk of any single person having any disease is divided among many healthy people with no disease.Our current system is prejudiced against anybody with a "pre-existing" illness such as yours and makes you pay extra.Makes getting insurance(or keeping it ) tough.It is a lose-lose;dr and patient, win for insurance company.My gripe with aca. ...Read more
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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