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Connective Tissue (Definition)

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 (Definition)

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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Rheumatoid arthritis (Tip)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a genetically obtained connective tissue disease. It is in your genes. ...See 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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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Fibromyalgia

Fibromylagia means algia (pain) in your fibers (connective) and myofascial (muscle) tissue. ...See more

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I am being treated for undifferentiated connective tissue disease which can be debilitating during flares. Is it likely I will stay in this limbo diagnosis forever?

I am being treated for undifferentiated connective tissue disease which can be debilitating during flares. Is it likely I will stay in this limbo diagnosis forever?

Possible: As you probably now by now, this condition waxes and wanes with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes, however, patients enjoy long periods of remission which is quite possible to be the case here although no body can foretell. ...Read more

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Calcium Supplements (Tip)

Calcium Supplements

Your body's bone tissue is a storage reservoir for calcium. ...See 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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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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