Occult connective tissue diseases
mimicking idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.
Two of these patients (2 of 3; 67%) had scleroderma and one (1 of 3; 33%) had undifferentiated connective tissue disease
Petroleum distillate solvents as risk factors for undifferentiated connective tissue disease
In addition, it may occur during the course of burns, systemic metabolic diseases, connective tissue diseases
, and malignancies (3).
The presence of ACA is closely associated with CREST and can also distinguish CREST from patients with other variants of SSc, from patients with other connective tissue diseases
and from patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon.
9%) of 196 control sera (6 of 32 consecutively recruited non-RA patients, 5 of 27 psoriatic arthritis patients, 27 of 98 patients with connective tissue diseases
, and 3 of 39 patients with specific autoantibodies) showed a positive reaction with 1 or more assays.
The ANA is found in 5 to 10% of patients without evidence of connective tissue disease
, increasing in prevalence with age and in patients of relatives with rheumatic disease.
Weisman, a gifted science writer, evocatively describes her successful recovery from a debilitating stroke that occurred during surgery to replace her mitral heart valve, which had been weakened by Marfan syndrome, a chronic connective tissue disease
1) DiNubile et al suggested a possible association between pneumococcal soft-tissue infections and connective tissue disease
systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune vasculitis, mixed connective tissue disease
, and various other overlap syndromes); and those that are more organ or tissue directed (autoimmune thyroid disease, myasthenia gravis, and certain skin diseases such as bullous pemphigoid).
The secondary form is rarer and more serious and relates to underlying connective tissue disease
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disease
is 60 per cent higher
The disorder, scleromyxedema, is similar to scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease
in which the skin thickens and becomes shiny and stiff.
Predictive testing to spot people at risk for developing a genetic connective tissue disease
later in life.
However, symptoms such as these may be present in persons without connective tissue disease
, or without breast implants.