connective tissue disease

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connective tissue disease

connective tissue disease

Autoimmune disease, collagen-vascular disease Any of the diseases affecting connective tissues, with an autoimmune component, and immunologic/inflammatory defects Clinical Arthritis, connective tissue defects, endocarditis, myositis, nephritis, pericarditis, pleuritis, synovitis, vasculitis Lab ANAs, direct antiglobulin–Coombs' test, hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, ↑ or ↓ Igs, rheumatoid factors, BFP for syphilis Types Ankylosing spondylitis, dermatomyositis, IBD-related arthritis, polychondritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, polymyositis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome, SLE, systemic sclerosis, vasculitis

connective tissue disease



A group of diseases that affect connective tissue, including muscle, cartilage, tendons, vessels, skin, and ligaments. CTDs may be acute but are usually chronic. They may be localized or systemic and are marked by inflammatory or autoimmune injury. Examples of such diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, and the vasculitides.
connective tissue disease; collagen vascular disease group of autoimmune conditions characterized by variable presentations of a range of systemic inflammatory and immunological features, i.e. vasculitis, Raynaud's disease, calcinosis, oesophagitis, sclerodactyly and telangiectasia; e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus, progressive systemic sclerosis; scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, polyarteritis nodosa and dermatomyosotis

Patient discussion about connective tissue disease

Q. My neighbor's kid had a lens dislocation due to Marfan's disease. Is this a contagious thing? My neighbor's have a sweet 8 year old boy. he had a lens dislocation due to a connective tissue disease named Marfan (I think that the name). It sounds like a very serious condition. My boy is playing with this kid several hour a week. should I take him to the GP to see that his is not infected with this marfan thing?

A. As in love and war so is in medicine the is no always nor never. It is probably the marfan that caused your neighbor kid the lens dislocation but you can never know for sure.
If you want there is nothing wrong in taking your boy for an annual check of an ophthalmologist.

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Approximately 80% of babies born with congenital heart block have the presence of anti-Ro/SS-A or anti-La/SS-B in the mother, even in cases without a connective tissue disease.
6) While the ANA is often positive in connective tissue diseases, it is also often positive in other nonautoimmune diseases such as infectious disease (e.
None of the human studies described above can completely resolve the question of whether silicone gel-filled breast implants increase the risk of connective tissue disease or related disorders.
Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, wrote in a letter to the New York Times that the researchers "might better have concluded that because of the limited size of the study, the negative findings should not be taken as an assurance that breast implants are not causing connective tissue diseases.
Patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease or mixed connective tissue disease can exhibit the full spectrum of parenchymal lung disease patterns seen in the RDs discussed above, including diffuse interstitial fibrosis, airway disease, pulmonary hypertension, and vasculitis.
3) reported the causes of FUO as infectious diseases (47%, 403 cases), connective tissue diseases (15.
Pulmonary artery thrombosis is seen in Eisenmenger's syndrome, atrial septal defect and connective tissue diseases.
However, established clinical practice may have moved toward use of a negative test to exclude connective tissue disease (7).
Our patient had no clinical evidence of an associated connective tissue disease, and she was advised to return to the office in 6 months for a repeat screening for SLE.
It looked for instances of classic connective tissue disease and found none.
In recent years, tens of thousands of women have claimed that they suffered a host of health problems from silicone-filled breast implants, including hardening of the breast tissue, implant rupture and disabling disorders that resemble autoimmune disorders like lupus or connective tissue disease.
This up to date visual guide to the complex field of connective tissue disease provides an essential tool for differential diagnosis, thus enabling more rapid and effective management of the patient with these symptoms.

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