Mixed connective tissue disease
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In medicine, mixed connective tissue disease (also known as Sharp's syndrome), commonly abbreviated as MCTD, is an autoimmune disease, in which the body's defense system attacks itself. It was characterized in 1972, and the term was introduced by Leroy in 1980.
Signs and symptoms
MCTD combines features of scleroderma, myositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis (with some sources adding polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and inclusion body myositis) and is thus considered an overlap syndrome.
MCTD commonly causes:
- joint pain/swelling,
- Raynaud phenomenon,
- Sjögren's syndrome,
- muscle inflammation, and
- sclerodactyly (thickening of the skin of the pads of the fingers)
The prognosis of mixed connective tissue disease is in most cases worse than that of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in spite of prednisone treatment as this disease is progressive and may in many cases evolve into a progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), also referred to as diffuse cutaneous systemic scleroderma (dcSSc) which has a poor outcome. In some cases though the disease is mild and may only need aspirin as a treatment and may go into remission where no Anti-U1-RNP antibodies are detected, but that is rare or within 30% of cases.
Most deaths from MCTD are due to heart failure caused by Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).
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- Information on MCTD from MedicineNet.com
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD): Autoimmune Rheumatic Disorders: Merck Manual Professional