The diffuse connective tissue diseases constitute a group of inflammatory diseases with the potential of involvement of many organ systems.
The etiopathogenesis is thought to be multifactorial, involving the interaction between particular genetic background and exogenous agents.
What are the different types of connective tissue diseases?
There are many different types of connective tissue disorders, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA)
- Churg-Strauss syndrome.
- Microscopic polyangiitis.
- Marfan syndrome.
What are the symptoms of a connective tissue disease?
A common symptom of a connective tissue disease is nonspecific fatigue. Depending on which connective tissue disease is present, and how active it is, a wide variety of symptoms may occur. These include fevers, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, weakness, and many other symptoms.
What is the life expectancy of someone with mixed connective tissue disease?
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, the 10-year survival rate of people MCTD is about 80 percent. That means 80 percent of people with MCTD are still alive 10 years after being diagnosed.
What causes connective tissue disorder?
The precise cause of mixed connective tissue disease isn’t known. Mixed connective tissue disease is an autoimmune disorder. In autoimmune disorders, your immune system — responsible for fighting off disease — mistakenly attacks healthy cells.