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Connective tissue disease

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In medicine and rheumatology, connective tissue diseases are "a heterogeneous group of disorders, some hereditary, others acquired, characterized by abnormal structure or function of one or more of the elements of connective tissue, i.e., collagen, elastin, or the mucopolysaccharides."[1]

Classification

Autoimmune disease

Cartilage disease

Collagen disease

Diagnosis

Autoimmune disease

Connective tissue disease due to autoimmune disease may have detectable autoantibodies to autoantigens such as:

References

  1. Anonymous (2019), Connective tissue disease (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Mavragani CP, Tzioufas AG, Moutsopoulos HM (2000). "Sjögren's syndrome: autoantibodies to cellular antigens. Clinical and molecular aspects.". Int Arch Allergy Immunol 123 (1): 46-57. PMID 11014971.