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Mixed connective tissue disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • MCTD
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Treatment

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How might mixed connective tissue disease be treated?

There is currently no cure for mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). However, treatments can help manage symptoms of the condition. For example, medications such as over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help with inflammation and pain of the muscles or joints. Glucocorticoids may be recommended in certain situations, such as during disease flares or when complications arise (e.g., aseptic meningitis, myositis, pleurisy, pericarditis, and myocarditis). Some people with MCTD require long term use of immunosuppressant medications.[1][2]

Additional medications may be prescribed based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, if a person with MCTD has developed symptoms similar to those of lupus, medications typically prescribed for people with lupus may be recommended.[3]

For additional information about the treatment of MCTD, visit the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Web site.
Last updated: 12/30/2014

References
  1. Eric L Greidinger, MD. Mixed Connective-Tissue Disease. Medscape Reference. February 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/335815-overview.
  2. Robert M Bennett, MD, FRCP, MACR. Prognosis and treatment of mixed connective tissue disease. UpToDate. December 2013;
  3. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. May 2012; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mixed-connective-tissue-disease/basics/definition/con-20026515?METHOD=print.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Mixed connective tissue disease. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • MCTD
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.