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Dr. Nisha Manek
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Connective Tissue Disorders (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Nisha Manek
98 doctors shared insights

Connective Tissue Disorders (Overview)

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.


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What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disorder?

What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disorder?

Rheumatologist: 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. ...Read more

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I've had a low-grade fever for 3 months with esr>100. Every test under the sun (infections, connective tissue disorders, cancer) has turned up negative. Is it ok to just ignore & wait and see now?

I've had a low-grade fever for 3 months with esr>100.  Every test under the sun (infections, connective tissue disorders, cancer) has turned up negative.  Is it ok to just ignore & wait and see now?

Chronic illness : Low grade fever and ESR greater than 100 is of concern and could be due to several reason including occult sepsis, inflammatory disorders, malignancies, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis to name a few . You need to be thoroughly investigated .You seem to have detailed work up with negative results .Do consult with a rheumatologist and an infectious disease specialist for further detailed evaluation. ...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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I'm pale and have visible veins, also sometimes bruises with unknown cause. Connective tissue disorder?

Maybe (not): Go see your doctor. Bruising without reason is also worrisome for clotting disorders. This can be exacerbated from excess Aspirin or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. Connective tissue disorder has nothing to do w/visible veins under pale skin. That's just genetics & nothing to worry about. But bruising/bleeding easily should definitely be checked out. ...Read more

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Can someone explain connective tissue disorders? I'm hypermobile in most of my joints and my shoulder dislocate and sublux regularly. I need help!

Can someone explain connective tissue disorders?  I'm hypermobile in most of my joints and my shoulder dislocate and sublux regularly.  I need help!

You need diagnosis: Connective tissue disease may or may not apply to you. Hypermobility like you describe could be a sign of a disease such as ehlos danlos syndrome, marfans syndrome, benign hypermobility syndrome. You should see a doctor who deals with these disorders to determine if there is anything to be concerned about. The primary treatment for the most common causes of your symptoms is physical therapy. ...Read more

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What ist the current view of visceroptosis in school medicine? Could you get it without having any connective tissue disorders?

What ist the current view of visceroptosis in school medicine? Could you get it without having any connective tissue disorders?

Not a CT disorder: Per Wikipedia, visceroptosis is a prolapse or sinking of the abdominal viscera (internal organs) below their natural position from loss of muscular tone, relaxation of the intestinal ligaments which hold viscera in place, and, tightlacing in women. I am unfamiliar with this as a condition and was never trained to include it in my list of diagnoses. Please discuss your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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 causes connective tissue disorder?

What causes connective tissue disorder?

A real mish-mash...: Causes for any one of the hundreds of connective tissue disorders can vary. Some causes are just simply not known. Injury or trauma can be involved as well as infections. There is also a genetic component to causing some of the disorders. If you suspect a connective tissue problem, consult with your primary care provider for a thorough history and physical evaluation to help identify the cause. ...Read more

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What exactly is connective tissue disorder?

What exactly is connective tissue disorder?

Genetic problem: 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. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for connective tissue disorder?

Thank your family.: The number one risk factor is having a positive family history for a connective tissue disorder. Other possibilities could include infection and trauma. This is why having a thorough history and physical is essential to diagnosing any one of the hundreds of connective tissue disorders. ...Read more

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Name some disabilities caused by musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders?

Combination: Combination of signs of a several connective tissue diseases associated with hand swelling and often specific antibodies. ...Read more

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What are some disabilities caused by musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders?

What are some disabilities caused by musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders?

LESS FUNCTION: I'll divide disabilites into 2 categories: joint related and unrelated. Related: less function: depends on hte joints involved. If hands and wrists are arthritic, difficulty with gripping, holding a pen, opening jars. If the knees are involved you may have difficulty getting outa chair and climbing stairs. Joint unrelated: fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances. ...Read more

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What is connective tissue disorder category?

Connective Tissue : 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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for connective tissue disorder?

What are the tests for connective tissue disorder?

Careful evaluation.: Aside from the most important physical examination, where the clinical signs and symptoms of a potential connective tissue disorder can be looked for, several tests can be called on for conformation. These test include imaging studies, such as x-ray, tissue biopsies and blood/serum analysis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of connective tissue disorder?

Connection problem.: A connective tissue disorder is exactly what it sounds like. A problem with the tissue that connects one tissue to another. A simple example is tendinitis and all the symptoms associated with it. There are literally hundreds of potential connective tissue disorders and as such there are hundreds, if not thousands of associated symptoms. If you suspect you have a disorder, consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the complications of connective tissue disorder?

Connective tissue disease: Connective tissue diseases include a number of inflammatory or autoimmune condition such as lupus, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In some patients the disease itself may cause damage to the effected organs such as the kidneys or skin. Rarely, medications may cause complications such as ulcers from an anti-inflammatory drug. All of these are routinely managed by a rheumatologist. I'm happy to do a consult if needed. ...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


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 ...Read more