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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 Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as...learn more »
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      Rheumatoid Arthritis Article
      • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) facts
      • What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • What are causes and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs?
      • What are complications of rheumatoid disease?
      • How do physicians diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?
      • "First-line" rheumatoid arthritis medications
      • "Second-line" or "slow-acting" rheumatoid arthritis drugs
      • What are newer treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Rheumatoid arthritis diet and other treatments
      • What about rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Is it possible to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What research is being done on rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Where can people get additional information on rheumatoid arthritis?
    • Connective Tissue Disease Connective tissue disease is when the body's connective tissues come under attack, possibly becoming injured by inflammation....learn more »
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      Connective Tissue Disease Article
      • What is a connective tissue disease?
      • What causes connective tissue disease?
      • What are symptoms and signs of a connective tissue disease?
      • How are connective tissue diseases diagnosed?
      • What are genetic risk factors for developing connective tissue disease?
      • What autoimmune diseases are associated with connective tissue disease?
    • 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?
    • 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 facts
      • What is polymyositis?
      • What causes polymyositis?
      • What are symptoms of polymyositis?
      • How does the doctor diagnose polymyositis?
      • How is polymyositis treated?
      • What is the prognosis for polymyositis?
      • What are risk factors for worse outcomes with polymyositis?
      • Can polymyositis be prevented?
      • Where can people find more information on polymyositis and dermatomyositis?
    • 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?

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Terms related to Mixed Connective Tissue Disease:

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