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Doctor insights on: Gluten And Connective Tissue Diseases

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Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?

Do you think there are specific new connective tissue diseases not recognized yet (but lumped into undifferentiated) but will be named in the future?

No: First, i personally do not believe in the concept of undifferentiated connective tissue disorders and I do not believe in mixed connective tissue disorders. Followed long enough, most turn out to be lupus. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

What are auto immune connective tissue diseases, and are they common?

Immunity against oneself: Autoimmune means you're making an immune response against yourself. There are a variety of different autoimmune diseases. These include lupus erythematosus. Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis scleroderma and overlap syndromes. Each are evaluated differently. Although not common they are not uncommon. ...Read more

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Do you believe that certain connective tissue diseases can be passed down by heredity?

Do you believe that certain connective tissue diseases can be passed down by heredity?

Genetic risk: Genetic risk factors play a role - some say genetics are 2/3 risk factor for systemic lupus erythematous and 1/3 risk factor is due to the environment. Even identical twins do not always get lupus. The risk factor appears to be immune response genes which are inherited. This can be passed down. ...Read more

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Why is it that dizziness is listed as a symptoms of many connective tissue diseases but mds don't know cause? What is the likely cause is most cases?

Why is it that dizziness is listed as a symptoms of many connective tissue diseases but mds don't know cause? What is the likely cause is most cases?

Some possibilities: Include low blood pressure, tumor or viral labyrinthitis. I have also found when those are ruled out it is possible for pressure from the lower jaw bone of the TMJ to put pressure on the inner ear and cause some dizziness. You should see and ENT to rule out other middle ear problems. ...Read more

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Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?

Do you think all connective tissue diseases (lupus, sjogrens, scleroderma) are more alike than doctors realize since they tend to overlap so much?

Yes and no: Autoimmune diseases are all as different as the people who get them. These conditions all result from the body's immune system attacking different parts of your cells and tissues. Each person's disease will reflect the tissues that are being damaged. It is likely that everyone who has one of these conditions has a different spectrum of tissue damage which may be similar in some ways.. ...Read more

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Are there any links between connective tissue diseases, aggressive osteoarthritis, food allergies, asthma or allergies? Which could be related?

Are there any links between connective tissue diseases, aggressive osteoarthritis, food allergies, asthma or allergies? Which could be related?

No: But all except osteoarthritis are linked to immune dysregulation. If by connective tissue disease you meant autoimmune diseases, the basic immune abnormalities are 180 degree opposite between allergy and autoimmunity although both may co-exist. ...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