connective tissue diseases


connective tissue diseases
A group of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatic fever, scleroderma and others, that are sometimes referred to as rheumatic diseases. They probably do not affect solely connective tissues but the diseases are linked in various ways and have interesting immunological features which suggest that they may be autoimmune in origin.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Connective tissue disease — Classification and external resources MeSH D003240 A connective tissue disease is any disease that has the connective tissues of the body as a target of pathology. Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue with an extensive extracellular …   Wikipedia

  • connective tissue disease — Introduction       any of the diseases that affect human connective tissue. Diseases of the connective tissue can be divided into (1) a group of relatively uncommon genetic disorders (genetic disease, human) that affect the primary structure of… …   Universalium

  • connective tissue — Anat. a tissue, usually of mesoblastic origin, that connects, supports, or surrounds other tissues, organs, etc. [1880 85] * * * Tissue in the body that maintains the form of the body and its organs and provides cohesion and internal support,… …   Universalium

  • connective-tissue disease — any one of a group of diseases that are characterized by inflammatory changes in connective tissue and can affect virtually any body system. Formerly known as collagen diseases (connective tissue disease has been the preferred term since 1978),… …   Medical dictionary

  • connective-tissue disease — any one of a group of diseases that are characterized by inflammatory changes in connective tissue and can affect virtually any body system. Formerly known as collagen diseases (connective tissue disease has been the preferred term since 1978),… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Connective tissue disease — A disease (autoimmune or otherwise) that attacks the collagen or other components of connective tissue, such as lupus. * * * connective tissue disease n any of various diseases or abnormal states (as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus… …   Medical dictionary

  • connective tissue nevus — any of several types of hamartomas involving components of connective tissue, usually present at or soon after birth; they may be inherited or acquired and may be associated with other diseases. There may be single or multiple nodules, papules,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Mixed connective tissue disease — Classification and external resources ICD 10 M35.1 ICD 9 710.8 …   Wikipedia

  • Mixed connective tissue disease — A mixture of three diseases of connective tissue (the framework of the cells of the body) systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Patients with mixed connective tissue disease typically have features of each of the three… …   Medical dictionary

  • Disease, mixed connective tissue — A mixture of three diseases of connective tissue (the framework of the cells of the body) systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Patients with mixed connective tissue disease typically have features of each of the three… …   Medical dictionary


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