Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder characterized by certain symptoms shared by lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis or dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, in MCTD, the symptoms are not as severe or extensive as with a specific one of these disorders.
Signs and symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease can include
Cause of a mixed connective tissue disease
The cause of MCTD is not clear, and some experts believe it may be an earlier stage of one of these other rheumatic conditions.
Other mixed connective tissue disease symptoms and signs
Main Article on Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Symptoms and Signs
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Examples of Medications for Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Symptoms and Signs
- adalimumab (Humira)
- captopril (Capoten)
- cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
- enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)
- etanercept (Enbrel)
- hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
- infliximab (Remicade)
- lansoprazole (Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24)
- losartan (Cozaar)
- losartan and hydrochlorothiazide (Hyzaar)
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
- nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat, Afeditab)
- Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid)
- prednisone (Prednisone Intensol, Rayos) Corticosteroid
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