Mixed connective tissue disease
Other Names for this Disease
autoimmune disorder that causes a combination of symptoms of three connective tissue disorders: lupus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. MCTD may also have features of rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is most often diagnosed in women in their 20s and 30s. Occasionally, children are affected. At this time the cause of this condition is unknown. Treatment may involve the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarials, and/or corticosteroids. In cases with severe visceral involvement, additional immunosuppressants may be needed.Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is an
Last updated: 6/2/2014
- Mixed connective tissue disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. February 20, 2010; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mixed-connective-tissue-disease/DS00675. Accessed 2/9/2012.
- Zahir Amoura and Laurent Arnaud. Mixed connective tissue disease. Orphanet. October, 2009; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=809. Accessed 6/2/2014.
- The Mayo Clinic Web site has an information page on mixed connective tissue disease that can be found at the following link. Click on The Mayo Clinic to view the information page.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The website TheDoctorsDoctor provides a web page on mixed connective tissue disease that you may find helpful. Click on TheDoctorsDoctor to view the information page.
- Medscape Reference has two articles on this topic from the perspective of Pediatrics and Rheumatology. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Mixed connective tissue disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.