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Doctor insights on: Unspecified Diffuse Connective Tissue Disease

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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


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I have a diagnoses of an unspecified connective tissue disease with an unspecified vitamin d dificiency. What is this?

I have a diagnoses of an unspecified connective tissue disease with an unspecified vitamin d dificiency. What is this?

Related conditions: Vitamin d deficiency is associated with an increased risk of autoimmune diseases. Unspecified connective tissue disease is an auto immune disease that can not be diagnosed, by current test, to be lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc and it is related to those conditions. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules (no meds) connective tissue disease, unspecified. I am tired most of the time , have flare-ups of pain. Help?

Get it evaluated: You give no specifics and no lab data so it is difficult to do more than tell to have a rheumatologist evaluate the issue, assuming your thyroid function tests are normal. Tramadol can cause chronic fatigue although i suspect there may be other reasons for it. ...Read more

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I have a diagnoses of an unspecified connective tissue disease with an unspecified vitamin d deficiency. What is this?

I have a diagnoses of an unspecified connective tissue disease with an unspecified vitamin d deficiency. What is this?

No way to know: No way to tell which your unspecified connective tissue disease is since it's "unspecified". The vitamin d deficiency can be easily treated with 2, 000 u of vitamin d3 a day. Talk with your physician and ask him/her these questions. ...Read more

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Painful bump on leg just below the knee? Hurts to use stairs, squat, kneel. I have an unspecified connective tissue disorder, am overweight.

Painful bump on leg just below the knee? Hurts to use stairs, squat, kneel. I have an unspecified connective tissue disorder, am overweight.

Nodule : this nodule could be part of your connective tissue disease. Sometimes we see this with erythema nodosum. There also may be other diagnoses that we need to consider. You need to discuss this with your physician to see if that may be the explanation. ...Read more

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Whats mixed connective tissue disease?

Whats mixed connective tissue disease?

Labs can confuse.: The labs are just a fraction of what needed to get you better. Your history and physical exam will determine your treatment. Looking for which labs will delay and confuse. You need to develop a few paragraphs of all your issues and sit down with your doctor to put the pieces together.
Began a wellness program and add in magnesium and acupuncture. ...Read more

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What is mixed connective tissue disease?

What is mixed connective tissue disease?

Combination of CTD: Mixed connective tissue disease is an autoimmune conditions with a combination of autoimmune diseases systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and polymyositis. One of these conditions is usually more prominent than the others at one time and with time it can progress to the other autoimmune diseases. Thus you may have arthritis, or a rash, or internal medical probelm. ...Read more

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Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Hereditary?

Partly: The exact cause of this disease is still unknown. We believe that there is a genetic or inherited predisposition and a second enviorental trigger for this disease. It is rate to see 2 family members with this disease. Basically this means it is not an inherited disease. The abity to get this disease may be inherited but not the disease itself. ...Read more

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What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

Type not clear: Undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (uctd) is a diagnosis applied to signs and symptoms that are consistent with a connective-tissue disease (ctd) but that do not fulfill the classification or diagnostic criteria for any one of the defined ctds such as (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc..). ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

What are some symptoms of connective tissue disease?

Connective tissue dz: Most common are fatigue, fevers, muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and weakness. There can be others, making the symptoms non-specific. Speak with your primary physician. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the tests for mixed connective tissue disease?

Not my definition!: Mctd is a non-serious problem for most. The lab definition is usually an rnp antibody without a smith (sm) antibody. ...Read more

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What are ways to cope with mixed connective tissue disease?

Many ways: Different people have different mechanisms of mctd activity. The therapy is tailored to the individual activity. Knowledge is the best way to cope with mctd. The more you know your type of mctd the better you can cope. I sometimes refer to it as "mixed up" connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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What medicines work best for mixed connective tissue disease?

What medicines work best for mixed connective tissue disease?

Mixed CT Disease: There's no cure for mixed connective tissue disease, but medication can help manage the signs and symptoms of the disease. Mild forms of mixed connective tissue disease may not require treatment. You may require treatment only during flares or, if you have a more serious form of the disease, you may require continuous medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do for connective tissue disease?

Need more specifics: There are many conditions called connective tissue disease and need much more information about articulate signs and symptoms to answer intelligently ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: connective tissue disease?

What is the definition or description of: connective tissue disease?

Abnormal formation: 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. ...Read more

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What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease in lay man's terms?

What is undifferentiated connective tissue disease in lay man's terms?

Mixture of many: It is a mixture of findings from a variety connective tissue diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma. One does not have allof the symptoms at one time but can overlap from one to another with arthritis, rashes, internal involvement of lungs, heart, kidney less often. ...Read more

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What are the new methods for treating mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the new methods for treating mixed connective tissue disease?

Mixed CT Disease: The medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), cortisone drugs/steroids (such as prednisone), antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine), and cytotoxic drugs (such as methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide). Organ damage, such as in the kidneys, can require additional treatments directed at high blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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I know this dude who has mixed connective tissue disease. What is that?

I know this dude who has mixed connective tissue disease. What is that?

Lupus/scleroderma: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is an autoimmune disease that usually has features of lupus and scleroderma. Many people have raynaud's (fingers change color) and puffy fingers, and a positive ANA with a more specific test called "rnp" and may also have rashes, arthritis, or inflammation in other organs. It is treated a lot like lupus. Seeing a rheumatologist is helpful. ...Read more

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Is mixed connective tissue disease considered a separate disease entity?

Is mixed connective tissue disease considered a separate disease entity?

Yes: If diagnosed solely on basis of anti-rnp antibodies, no; but if diagnosed clinically on the basis of signs of multiple connective tissue diseases, but which do not allow a specific one to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease?

What are the major presenting symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease?

Joint, skin, interna: Mctd can have a variety of signs and sympotms whichcan change with times. By the name it is a mixture of a variety of connective tissue diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis and rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on which condition is prominent at the time. When you are evaluated your physician will look for causes of the symptoms from these categories. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mixed connective tissue disease?

What is the definition or description of: Mixed connective tissue disease?

Overlap syndrome : This is an overlap syndrome with manifestations that can include those of rheumatoid arthritis systemic lupus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Different patients will have different combination of these components, over the long term it appears that many can get scleroderma like findings. Two or more components can occur. It has a variety of specific laboratory studies especially the RNP blood test ...Read more

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I know someone with mixed connective tissue disease....Is it a serious illness?

I know someone with mixed connective tissue disease....Is it a serious illness?

Mixed CT disease: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is often relatively mild but can be associated with potentially serious internal complications involving the heart, esophagus and lungs. ...Read more

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I am being treated for undifferentiated connective tissue disease which can be debilitating during flares. Is it likely I will stay in this limbo diagnosis forever?

I am being treated for undifferentiated connective tissue disease which can be debilitating during flares. Is it likely I will stay in this limbo diagnosis forever?

Possible: As you probably now by now, this condition waxes and wanes with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes, however, patients enjoy long periods of remission which is quite possible to be the case here although no body can foretell. ...Read more

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What is the test for connective tissue disease?

What is the test for connective tissue disease?

Physical and lab: A history and physical is important to help clarify what type of testing to do. There are certain labs that will be ordered to help solidify the diagnosis. There are a variety of connective tissue disorders and each one is evaluated differently. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mixed connective tissue disease?

What is the treatment for mixed connective tissue disease?

Little to more.: Mctd has its detractors believing it will eventually morph into another ctd. My treatment is based on treating what exists. Most pts do well on plaquenyl and an nsaid, if joint aching is a problem. ...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