Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Index

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Connective tissue diseases are disorders featuring abnormalities involving the collagen and elastin. Connective tissue diseases that are strictly inheritable include Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The classic immune-related connective tissue diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Treatment is often directed at suppressing the inflammation present in the tissues by using anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive medications.

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    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints,...learn more »
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      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Article
      • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) facts
      • What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • Rheumatoid arthritis vs. osteoarthritis
      • What are causes and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are complications of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs? What does rheumatoid arthritis feel like?
      • What tests do physicians use to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are the stages of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? What types of medications treat RA?
      • "First-line" rheumatoid arthritis medications
      • "Second-line" or "slow-acting" rheumatoid arthritis drugs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDs)
      • What are newer rheumatoid arthritis treatments?
      • Rheumatoid arthritis diet, exercise, home remedies, and alternative medicine
      • What about rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are tips for living with rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Is it possible to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What specialists treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • What new information about RA has come from the 2015 national meeting of the American College of Rheumatology?
      • What research is being done on rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Where can people get additional information on rheumatoid arthritis?
    • Arthritis Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, warmth, swelling, redness...learn more »
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      Arthritis Article
      • Arthritis facts
      • What is arthritis?
      • How many types of arthritis exist?
      • What causes arthritis?
      • What are risk factors for arthritis?
      • What are arthritis symptoms and signs?
      • Who is affected by arthritis?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose arthritis? Why is a diagnosis important?
      • Is there an arthritis diet?
      • Are there foods to avoid when you have arthritis?
      • What is the treatment for arthritis?
      • What are the prognosis (outlook) for arthritis, and what are arthritis complications?
      • Is it possible to prevent arthritis?
      • What is a rheumatologist, and what specialties of doctors treat arthritis?
      • What is the Arthritis Foundation?
    • Polymyositis Polymyositis is a disease of the muscle featuring inflammation of the muscle fibers. It results in weakness of the muscles which...learn more »
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      Polymyositis Article
      • Polymyositis and dermatomyositis facts
      • What is polymyositis? What is dermatomyositis?
      • Polymyositis vs. polymyalgia rheumatica
      • What causes polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • What are signs and symptoms of polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • What tests do doctors use to diagnose polymyositis or dermatomyositis?
      • What types of doctors treat polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • What is the treatment for polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • What are home remedies for polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • What is the prognosis for polymyositis?
      • What are risk factors for worse outcomes with polymyositis or dermatomyositis?
      • Is it possible to prevent polymyositis?
      • Are there support groups for people with polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
      • Where can people find more information on polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
    • Scleroderma Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue. It is characterized by the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in...learn more »
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      Scleroderma Article
      • Scleroderma facts
      • What is scleroderma?
      • What causes scleroderma?
      • What are risk factors for developing scleroderma?
      • How is scleroderma classified?
      • What are scleroderma symptoms and signs?
      • How is scleroderma diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for scleroderma?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with scleroderma?
      • Can scleroderma be prevented?
    • Scleritis Scleritis is inflammation of the white part of the eye. It may be caused by a serious underlying condition, such as an autoimmune...learn more »
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      Scleritis Article
      • Scleritis facts
      • What is scleritis?
      • What is the sclera?
      • What causes scleritis?
      • What are risk factors for scleritis?
      • What are symptoms of scleritis?
      • What are signs of scleritis?
      • How is scleritis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for scleritis?
      • What are the complications of scleritis?
      • What is the prognosis for scleritis?
      • Can scleritis be prevented?
      • What research is being done on scleritis?
    • Gangrene Gangrene may result when blood flow to a tissue is lost or not adequate to keep the tissue alive. There are two types of...learn more »
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      Gangrene Article
      • Gangrene facts
      • What is gangrene?
      • What is the difference between wet and dry gangrene?
      • What causes gangrene?
      • What are gangrene symptoms and signs?
      • How is gangrene diagnosed?
      • How is gangrene treated?
      • How can gangrene be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for a patient with gangrene?

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Terms related to Mixed Connective Tissue Disease:

  • Arthritis, MCTD
  • MCTD
  • Rhupus
  • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease