connective-tissue disease

con·nec·tive-tis·sue dis·ease

a group of generalized diseases affecting connective tissue, especially those that are not inherited as mendelian characteristics; rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis were first proposed as such diseases, and other so-called collagen diseases have been added.

con·nec·tive-tis·sue dis·ease

(kŏ-nek'tiv-tish'ū di-zēz')
A group of generalized disorders affecting connective tissue, especially those not inherited as mendelian characteristics; rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis were first proposed as such diseases, and other so-called collagen diseases have been added. Most are now recognized as autoimmune disorders.
See also: collagen disease

con·nec·tive-tis·sue dis·ease

(kŏ-nek'tiv-tish'ū di-zēz')
One of a group of generalized diseases affecting connective tissue, especially those not inherited as mendelian characteristics.
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If it arises early in the course of connective-tissue disease, screening blood serum for it might offer an early warning of such diseases, prompting physicians to monitor such patients closely, Hefeneider suggests.
The central lesson of this study is a confirmation that we can exclude any large risk of connective-tissue disease following breast implants," said Dr.
Researchers also looked at connective-tissue disease laboratory tests to see if there were significant differences in the two groups of women and found none.
And even if the risk is real, the authors calculate that it would mean only one extra case of connective-tissue disease, like arthritis or lupus, a year for every 3,000 women with implants.
One of Mariann Hopkins's treating physicians testified that, although her diagnosis of mixed connective-tissue disease did not come until after the implants were put in, she had already displayed symptoms of connective-tissue disease as early as two years before receiving implants.
Citing a string of medical studies showing no link between breast implants and certain connective-tissue diseases, FDA Commissioner David Kessler recently told a congressional subcommittee that there is "reasonable assurance" that implants do not cause "traditional connective-tissue disease.
It found no link between implants and connective-tissue disease.
However, 2 years ago the Food and Drug Administration triggered a moratorium on the use of these implants when sporadic reports began linking them to connective-tissue disease and autoimmune disorders.
They also expect new evidence in the coming weeks that will conclusively link silicone and connective-tissue disease in women.
Physicians have long theorized that Marfan's is a connective-tissue disease.
The authors also point out that while the mechanism of causation is not yet clear, the development of connective-tissue disease after silicone-oil injections has been reported.
The investigators stated: "We found no association between breast implants and the connective-tissue diseases and other disorders that were studied.