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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?

Currently there is not a cure for mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). However, treatments to help control signs and symptoms of MCTD are available.[1][2] Treatment may involve over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  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).[1] Some people with MCTD require long term use of immunosuppressant medications. The choice of medication depends on the person's symptoms.[1][2] 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.[2]

You can find further general information about the treatment of mixed connective tissue disease on the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Web site.
Last updated: 6/2/2014

References
  1. Bennett RM. Prognosis and treatment of mixed connective tissue disease. In: Basow, DS (Ed). UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; 2012;
  2. Mixed connective tissue disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. February 20, 2010; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mixed-connective-tissue-disease/DS00675/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. Accessed 2/9/2012.


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.