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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 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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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.


Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
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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

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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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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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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Dr. Michael Fisher
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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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Dr. David True
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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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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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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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