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.

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What specialists can diagnose mixed connective tissue disease besides rheumatologists?

Any physician. It depends on the expertise. As a rheumatologist we may not necessarily have a corner on the market, but depending on what signs and symptoms the patient has they may be diagnosed by other physicians. It is important to be clear what the true diagnosis is since mctd people can have skin, joint, muscle, lung, heart, kidney involvement to name some. It depends on the stage of the mctd. Read more...

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...

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...
Many. There are many treatments for this disease. It is usually treated by a dermatologist and a rheumatologist. You should discuss with both possible treatments. Read more...
Serious management. MCTD can be very serious in children and often requires long term medications including Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine)methotrexate,Cellcept,prednisone, and/or rituximab.Kids can have truly life threatening complications such as pulmonary hypertension that can lead to right-sided heart failure and severe restrictive pulmonary disease.Fortunately careful management by a pediatric rheumatologist usually has good results. Read more...

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...

What are the effects of mixed connective tissue disease in pregnancy?

Varies. Connective tissue disorders vary in severity and effect on pregnancy. The most common effect can be decreased blood flow to the baby which can result in problems raning from poor growth, low fluid to stillbirth. It may also increase your risk of high blood pressure of pregnancy. You should talk to your rheumatologist and OB before getting pregnant to optimize your chances of a healthy pregnancy. Read more...
It could flare. It could flare but each person is different. It depends on what involvement you have. Read more...