Mixed connective tissue disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Sharp syndrome
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The exact underlying cause of mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is currently unknown. It is an autoimmune disorder, which means the immune system mistakes normal, healthy cells for those that that body should "fight off." There are ongoing studies exploring how immune system dysfunction may be involved in the development of this condition.
Last updated: 12/29/2014
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- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). NORD. October 2007; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/338/viewAbstract.