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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

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