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What exactly is connective tissue disorder?

Genetic problem

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A connecive tissue disorder can be genetic problem in how connective tissues like ligaments and tendons are made. A building block of these tissues called collagen is often not normal. The result can be overly stretchy ligaments. Too much flexibility can lead to other problems like dislocations and joint instability.
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Is EDS connective tissue disorder or what?

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The disorder of EDS is faulty or defective collagen. Therefore, it is a true connective disorder; but, it is not auto-immune nor is it inflammatory. It is a genetic abnormality.
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What is connective tissue disorder category?

Connective Tissue

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There are over 200 disorders that impact connective tissue. Some, like cellulitis, are the result of an infection. Injuries can cause connective tissue disorders, such as scars. Others, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta, are genetic. Still others, like scleroderma, have no known cause. Each disorder has its own symptoms and needs different treatment.
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What happens if mixed connective tissue disorder is untreated?

Mixed Connective

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Lung problems. High blood pressure affecting the arteries in your lungs (pulmonary hypertension) is the most common cause of death in people with mixed connective tissue disease. Heart disease. Mixed connective tissue disease sometimes results in the enlargement of parts of the heart and inflammation around the heart. Kidney failure. The kidney damage caused by mixed connective tissue disease.
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What is a mixed connective tissue disorder like?

Connective Tissue

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There are over 200 disorders that impact connective tissue. Some, like cellulitis, are the result of an infection. Injuries can cause connective tissue disorders, such as scars. Others, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta, are genetic. Still others, like scleroderma, have no known cause. Each disorder has its own symptoms and needs different treatment.
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What connective tissue disorder do women have?

Connective Tissue

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There are over 200 disorders that impact connective tissue. Some, like cellulitis, are the result of an infection. Injuries can cause connective tissue disorders, such as scars. Others, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta, are genetic. Still others, like scleroderma, have no known cause. Each disorder has its own symptoms and needs different treatment.
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What exactly is a mixed connective tissue disorder?

Combination

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combination of signs of a several connective tissue diseases associated with hand swelling and often specific antibodies
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What kind of specialist treats connective tissue disorder?

Rheumatologist

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How do connective tissue disorder affect pregnancy?

Depends on disease.

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In general, many of the connective tissue diseases fall into the realm of a third of patients get worse, a third stay the same and a third get better. An exception to this is RA which usually gets better in pregnancy. Some of the diseases, such as Lupus, can increase the risk of miscarriage and blood clot formation during pregnancy. You should consult your Ob before conceiving.
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What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disorder?

Rheumatologist

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A rheumatologist is the specialist with the most in depth knowledge of connective tissue disorders. Caution: blood tests such as the RNP antibody do not diagnose MCTD nor do they rule it out. The diagnosis must be made from the history and physical examination with blood tests playing a confirmatory role.
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