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Ana has been negative, but a rash biopsy was suggestive of a connective tissue disease. Rash on chest, appears in winter. Anything to do but wait?

ANA testing. There is a rather large cluster of poorly defined illness known as mixed connective tissue disease in contrast to the classic ana+ diseases like lupus, arteritis, etc. In these the ANA may not be positive, and biopsies of affected tissue may be abnormal but not diagnostic. As you surmised, in these cases really the thing to do is wait since a trial of treatment may have significant side effects. Read more...

What is a "connective tissue disease"? Had punch biopsy on rash, suggestive of early connective tissue disease. What is "connective tissue? "

Mctd. Thee are multiple connective tissue disorders often described as mixed connective tissue disorders. The connective tissues basically support all the soft tissues together in the body. When they are not correctly formed, a variety of conditions both locally and systemically can result. Most have a genetic basis. Don't hesitate to be seen and discuss whether further workup is indicated. Read more...
Connective tissue. This is a constellation of disease affecting the supporting tissue throughout the body. It involves fat, cartilage,bone.there are different types with names such as Eleros Danlos , Marfans syndrome, Osteogensis imperfecta, they are all a result of gene dysfunction.ie are inheritable disorders. Most are fairly uncommon. The treatment varies depending on the specific areas involved. Read more...

Had punch biopsy done on rash in '09. Results: "early lesion of connective tissue disorder." what f/up is suggested?

Rheumatologist. Talk to a rheumatologist to confirm your diagnosis. Blood tests might be needed. A minimum of a yearly follow up is needed provided no other symptoms are present. Read more...
Follow up. Follow up with the doctor, have the wound evaluated and get the biopsy results. Read more...
5 years ago? Skin biopsy is not always specific in diagnosing a disease. Are you still suffering from the same condition, has the condition progressed, do you have other constitutional problems ? If not, i won't be concerned over it since no treatment will likely be given in the absence of illness. However if your arthritis if anything but osteoarthritis, then see a rheumatologist for f/u. Read more...