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Connective Tissue (Overview)

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 things hold their shape.


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What is a connective tissue?

What is a connective tissue?

Bridges: Connective tissues are the tissues that connect one structure to another. Examples include: the components of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage. ...Read more

Connective Tissue (Overview)

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 things hold their shape.


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How common is connective tissue dissorder?

How common is connective tissue dissorder?

Depends on how many!: Many diseases are called connective tissue disease, but if you them autimmune diseases, you would include thyroiditis, which causes hypothyroidism.
The 10% of the population would have one. But if you define connective disease as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, mctd, scleroderma, and sjogren's syndrome, then slightly less than 2%. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: connective tissue?

What is the definition or description of: connective tissue?

Fibrous skeleton: 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 things hold their shape. ...Read more

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Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Yes!: They are tissues that in children and adults are composed of collagen and some elastin. Children have more type 3 collagen, and in adults it is more type 1. As collagen ages, more cross-links form, limiting flexibility and stretch as we age. The three connective tissues you identify, have different collagen and elastin arrays, and are very avascular, compared to muscle, slowing healing time. ...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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Are there any tests for connective tissue disorders?

Are there any tests for connective tissue disorders?

Tests for CT Disease: Your doctor may suspect mixed connective tissue disease based on your signs and symptoms. A physical exam may reveal signs such as swollen hands and painful, swollen joints. A blood test can determine whether you have a certain antibody in your blood that indicates mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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What's the difference between epithelial and connective tissue comparison and contrast?

What's the difference between epithelial and connective tissue comparison and contrast?

Outside inside tissu: Basically the epithelial cells line the surface of the body such as the skin, the mouth the intestine and so forth while the connective tissue is inside the body tissue ...Read more

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Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?

Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?

No: First, i personally do not believe in the concept of undifferentiated connective tissue disorders and I do not believe in mixed connective tissue disorders. Followed long enough, most turn out to be lupus. ...Read more

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In the long run, does it matter if one has a diagnosis of undifferentiated connective tissue vs exact diagnosis as long as they are treated with meds?

It depends: An unspecified diagnosis may be better for insurance purposes and if there are fewer disease manifestations there may be a better prognosis. However, a more specific diagnosis can aid in identifying problems to monitor for and may provide more specific information on risks of the disease and possible complications that could occur. It may also make it easier to find appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

Type not clear: Undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (uctd) is a diagnosis applied to signs and symptoms that are consistent with a connective-tissue disease (ctd) but that do not fulfill the classification or diagnostic criteria for any one of the defined ctds such as (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc.). ...Read more

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Ligaments, tendons, and fasciae are all kinds of connective tissue, right?

Ligaments, tendons, and fasciae are all kinds of connective tissue, right?

Yes: Ligaments connect bones to other bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. And fascia surrounds muscle groups. ...Read more

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What's mixed connective tissue disease?

What's 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 condition 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

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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 a rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody. ...Read more

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What are ways to cope with mixed connective tissue disease?

Many ways: Different people have different mechanisms of mctd activity. The therapy is tailored to the individual activity. Knowledge is the best way to cope with mctd. The more you know your type of mctd the better you can cope. I sometimes refer to it as "mixed up" connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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What medicines work best for mixed connective tissue disease?

What medicines work best for mixed connective tissue disease?

Mixed CT Disease: There's no cure for mixed connective tissue disease, but medication can help manage the signs and symptoms of the disease. Mild forms of mixed connective tissue disease may not require treatment. You may require treatment only during flares or, if you have a more serious form of the disease, you may require continuous medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do for connective tissue disease?

Need more specifics: There are many conditions called connective tissue disease and need much more information about articulate signs and symptoms to answer intelligently ...Read more

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What supplements or minearals help to strengthen connective tissue?

What supplements or minearals help to strengthen connective tissue?

Lets talk bone: Calcium and vitamin d are important to keep you bones strong. However, how much depends on your age and medical history. Please see you health care provider to recommend how much is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: connective tissue disease?

What is the definition or description of: connective tissue disease?

Abnormal formation: Could be abnormal formation of connective tissue or an abnormal reaction to your connective tissue where your body forms antibodies against yourself ie autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease in lay man's terms?

What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease in lay man's terms?

Mixture of many: It is a mixture of findings from a variety connective tissue diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma. One does not have allof the symptoms at one time but can overlap from one to another with arthritis, rashes, internal involvement of lungs, heart, kidney less often. ...Read more

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What are the new methods for treating mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the new methods for treating mixed connective tissue disease?

Mixed CT Disease: The medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), cortisone drugs/steroids (such as prednisone), antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine), and cytotoxic drugs (such as methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide). Organ damage, such as in the kidneys, can require additional treatments directed at high blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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I know this dude who has mixed connective tissue disease. What is that?

I know this dude who has mixed connective tissue disease. What is that?

Lupus/scleroderma: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is an autoimmune disease that usually has features of lupus and scleroderma. Many people have raynaud's (fingers change color) and puffy fingers, and a positive ANA with a more specific test called "rnp" and may also have rashes, arthritis, or inflammation in other organs. It is treated a lot like lupus. Seeing a rheumatologist is helpful. ...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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