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83.Explain why drugs used to treat connective tissue diseases are not used to treat immunosuppressive disease?

be detailed please.

Connective tissue diseases such as Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis feature abnormal immune system response that then reacts with the collagen and elastin in the joints. Treatments then work to suppress the immune system to stop the damage in the joints. One example of this is Etanercept (Enbrel) which is indicated for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. This specific drug mediates the immune response
by inhibiting TNF activity through competitively binding to it and thus preventing interaction with cell surface reactors. This shuts down inflammation.

In patients with immunosuppressive disease turning down inflammation in compromised patients would mean there would be no defense against foreign bodies.   (+ info)

If I had a connective tissue disease..would this show up on a blood test testing for all auto immune diseases?

I can't be bothered going into all the symptoms because I've done it loads before..but the main ones are loose skin,arthirits looking bones..chest pain etc...

ANYWAY...IF I did have a connective tissue disease..would this show on a test for all auto immune diseases...I've already had a rheumatoid test that came back ok..


Well the great thing about the rheumatoid test is that it is a great screening test for rheumatoid but also provides some false positives as well. Normally the test used to screen for lupus is the FANAS test but once again that only screens for lupus. As for symptoms of lupus, they tend to be fever, weight loss, malaise, and arthritis. Also people who have lupus tend to show a "butterfly" shaped rash. just schedule an appointment with your doctor and write down your symptoms before you go in so that you remember all of them.  (+ info)

Thyroid disease and now connective tissue disease as well, what's going on?

I've had Hashimoto's thyroiditis for 4 years, now the doctor says I have an undifferentiated connective tissue disease as well. What could that turn out to be? Does this mean my immune system is getting worse?

Can multiple auto-immune diseases be a result of stress or just bad luck? Or something else?

Those are two auto-immune diseases - where your immune system mistakenly attacks things in your body. Unfortunately, if you have one auto-immune disease, you are at a much higher risk of getting another one. They can tend to come in clusters. It doesn't mean your immune system is getting worse, it just means you are someone who is more likely to develop autoimmune disorders than other people.  (+ info)

connective tissue?

what are the names of some connective tissue cells? the one im looking for has 11 letters thanks :)

try: collagenous, fibroblasts, macrophages,histiocytes, eosinophils, or lymphocytes  (+ info)

What is Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease in lamens terms?

I'm going with my girl friend to the doctor and I want to ask some questions about this disease but dont' know what to ask?

It means that they know it is a connective tissue disease, but don't know which one because it isn't fitting all the criteria at this point. You might want to ask what will happen next in the course of the disease, about complications, etc. Looking up the different CTDs might give you more of an idea what to ask.

"Many connective-tissue diseases (CTDs) share common signs and symptoms, which frequently makes the diagnosis of a specific rheumatic disease difficult. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), polymyositis (PM), dermatomyositis (DM), mixed connective-tissue disease (MCTD), and Sjögren syndrome (SS) can present with similar clinical features, particularly during the first 12 months of symptoms. Isolated Raynaud phenomenon, inflammatory polyarthritis, anemia, interstitial lung disease, or pleuropericarditis may occur without an obvious diagnosis. Screening serology findings, such as rheumatoid factor (RF) or antinuclear antibody (ANA), may be positive or negative under these clinical circumstances.

However, well-established connective-tissue diseases have defined, discrete diagnostic criteria. Patients who present with symptoms, positive serology results, or physical findings consistent with an established connective-tissue disease but not fulfilling classification criteria for one of these established connective-tissue diseases are diagnosed with undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (UCTD). UCTD is a relatively new entity, suggested by LeRoy et al in 1980. The definition of UCTD is still under debate, although it is becoming more clear. Mosca et al recently reviewed UCTD literature and proposed that preliminary classification criteria include (1) signs and symptoms suggestive of a connective-tissue disease, (2) positive ANA results, and (3) a disease that lasts at least 3 years."  (+ info)

Does connective tissue disease mean you cant tone?

Supposivly I have this. But that can mean anything. I have a hard time keeping muscle though I notice though I work out. Could it be that?

connective tissue diseases are a very big category .but something in general they consume more protein and cause muscular atrophy because the chronic nature of the disease and effects on the articular and locomotor functions ,they are recommended to take a higher protein intake because of this  (+ info)

What supplements or vitamins help to strengthen connective tissue?

I have a few stretch marks on my hips. I'm not overweight. I have them since puberty. Maybe I got them because of weak connective tissue. I want to prevent getting more. What supplements are good to strengthen connective tissue, besides silica?

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This is a question for a medical person. I have a connective tissue disease, called Lupus. ?

I thought I had fatty tumors growing under my skin in and around the abdomen, hips and back area, so I went to a surgeon who told me that they could not be removed because they were not tumors:however, it was fatty tissue;a precursor from the disease and could not be removed through liposuction. Is this true, even though they are starting to be painful in hip area and lower abdomen?


I've been in the Lupus community for the last 25 years and I've heard a lot of things but never about this. It is very possible that it is part of Discoid Lupus (skin lupus) but unless they did a biopsy they wouldn't be able to diagnose this. I've heard of nodules on the joints from damage to them. The funny thing about Lupus is that it is systemic, it can do pretty much anything to any part of the body. How long ago were you diagnosed with Lupus? Which form of the disease do you have, ie Systemic or Discoid. Other than your skin are there any other organs involved? If you do, infact have Lupus (an auto immune disease that can affect the connective tissue...not really a connective tissue disease).  (+ info)

How can you speed up healing of the frenulum/connective tissue on the penis?

Small cut on the frenulum/connective tissue that joins the glans to the foreskin, anybody have any idea how to make this heal quickly?
"ms osagesacram"


obvious troll is obivious.

and yeah I do.

just because you can resist anything with 20% off doesn't mean you can push your beliefs onto me.

just like any other injury to the skin!! have that spot be clean!! i normally put hydrogen peroxide or neosporin on my cuts & scrapes, but the peroxide hurts, so maybe adding a dap of neosporin might help. it doesn't sting at all!!

good luck!!

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How does mixed connective tissue disease affect bladder control and fluid retention and output?

Coz they are involving more than one systems.  (+ info)

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