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Mixed connective tissue disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • MCTD
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What is the treatment or remedy of mixed connective tissue disorder?

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How might mixed connective tissue disorder be treated?

Currently there is not a cure for mixed connective tissue disorder (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 should complications of MCTD arise (e.g., aseptic meningitis, myositis, pleurisy, pericarditis, and myocarditis).[1] Some people with MCTD require long term use of immune suppressant medications. The choice of medication is selected based on the patient'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 regarding treatment of mixed connective tissue disorder at the following link to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Web site:

The Cedars-Sinai Web site also provides information on this topic at the following link:

Last updated: 1/9/2012