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Mixed connective tissue disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • MCTD
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What causes mixed connective tissue disease?

The cause of mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is currently not known. It is an autoimmune disorder, which means that in people with this condition, the immune system mistakes normal, healthy cells for those that that body should "fight off." There have been ongoing studies looking at how the immune system is involved in people with this condition.[1][2] 
Last updated: 6/2/2014

References
  1. Hoffman RW. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. eMedicine. August 2008; http://www.emedicine.com/med/TOPIC3417.HTM. Accessed 9/15/2011.
  2. Wozniacka A, Schwartz RA. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. eMedicine. September 2009; http://www.emedicine.com/derm/TOPIC766.HTM. Accessed 9/15/2011.


Other Names for this Disease
  • MCTD
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