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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

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