Connective Tissue Disorders

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Connective Tissue Disorders

Connective tissue is the "cellular glue" inside your body that supports many of its various parts in order to give tissues their shape and keep them strong. Two examples of connective tissue are fat and cartilage. There are more than 200 known connective tissue disorders. Each conncetive tissue disorder may affect different parts of the body such as joints, muscles, and skin. Organs such as the eyes, heart, lungs, or kidneys may also be affected. Some of these disorders may result from an infection, such as cellulits. Scarring is considered a connective tissue disorder and is most commonly caused by injuries or surgery. Other connective tissue disorders result from a mutation or error in a person’s DNA or genes and may run be inherited or run in families. Some examples of genetic connective tissue disorders are osteogenesis imperfecta, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrom and pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) . And for others such as scleroderma, the cause is unknown. Treatment options for connective tissue disorders vary due to different parts of the body being affected. Talk with you doctor about developing the best care plan if you or a family member has been diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Connective Tissue Disorders" returned 39 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mutations in B3GALT6, which encodes a glycosaminoglycan linker region enzyme, cause a spectrum of skeletal and connective tissue disorders.
 

Author(s): Masahiro Nakajima, Shuji Mizumoto, Noriko Miyake, Ryo Kogawa, Aritoshi Iida, Hironori Ito, Hiroshi Kitoh, Aya Hirayama, Hiroshi Mitsubuchi, Osamu Miyazaki, Rika Kosaki, Reiko Horikawa, Angeline Lai, Roberto Mendoza-Londono, Lucie Dupuis, David Chitayat, Andrew Howard, Gabriela F Leal, Denise Cavalcanti, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Hirotomo Saitsu, Shigehiko Watanabe, Ekkehart Lausch, Sheila Unger, Luisa Bonafé, Hirofumi Ohashi, Andrea Superti-Furga, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Sugahara, Gen Nishimura, Shiro Ikegawa

Journal: Am. J. Hum. Genet.. 2013 Jun;92(6):927-34.

 

Proteoglycans (PGs) are a major component of the extracellular matrix in many tissues and function as structural and regulatory molecules. PGs are composed of core proteins and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) side chains. The biosynthesis of GAGs starts with the linker region that consists ...

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2013

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High prevalence of eosinophilic esophagitis in patients with inherited connective tissue disorders.
 

Author(s): J Pablo Abonia, Ting Wen, Emily M Stucke, Tommie Grotjan, Molly S Griffith, Katherine A Kemme, Margaret H Collins, Philip E Putnam, James P Franciosi, Karl F von Tiehl, Brad T Tinkle, Keith A Marsolo, Lisa J Martin, Stephanie M Ware, Marc E Rothenberg

Journal: J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.. 2013 Aug;132(2):378-86.

 

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an emerging chronic inflammatory disease mediated by immune hypersensitization to multiple foods and strongly associated with atopy and esophageal remodeling.

Last Updated: 2 Aug 2013

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Achieving abdominal closure following emergency laparotomy in patients with connective tissue disorders.
 

Author(s): P Chana, M A Chadwick, A M Pullyblank

Journal: Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 Apr;94(3):212-3.

 

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2012

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The terms "Connective Tissue Disorders" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Educational paper. Connective tissue disorders with vascular involvement: from gene to therapy.
 

Author(s): Lut Van Laer, Dorien Proost, Bart L Loeys

Journal: Eur. J. Pediatr.. 2013 Aug;172(8):997-1005.

 

Heritable connective tissue diseases comprise a heterogeneous group of multisystemic disorders that are characterized by significant morbidity and mortality. These disorders do not merely result from defects in the amount or structure of one of the components of the extracellular ...

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2013

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[CT imaging features of pulmonary involvement in connective tissue disorders].
 

Author(s): P Y Brillet, N Mama, H Nunes, Y Uzunhan, S Abbad, M W Brauner

Journal: J Radiol. 2009 Nov;90(11 Pt 2):1854-68.

 

Connective tissue disorders correspond to a heterogeneous group of inflammatory diseases characterized by abnormal immune system activity leading to connective tissue alterations in multiple parts of the body. In adults, connective tissue disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, progressive ...

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2009

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Connective tissue and related disorders and preterm birth: clues to genes contributing to prematurity.
 

Author(s): E A Anum, L D Hill, A Pandya, J F Strauss

Journal: Placenta. 2009 Mar;30(3):207-15.

 

To identify candidate genes contributing to preterm birth, we examined the existing literature on the association between known disorders of connective tissue synthesis and metabolism and related diseases and prematurity. Our hypothesis was that abnormal matrix metabolism contributes ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2009

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Evaluation and Treatment of Patients With Connective Tissue Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Connective Tissue Disorders

 

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2014

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Testing Effectiveness of Losartan in Patients With EoE With or Without a CTD
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Eosinophilic Esophagitis; Connective Tissue Disorders

 

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2014

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Rituximab Versus Cyclophosphamide in Connective Tissue Disease-ILD
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Interstitial Lung Disease; Scleroderma; Idiopathic Inflammatory Myositis; Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

 

Last Updated: 24 May 2013

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