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Glossary for Mixed connective tissue disease

  • Anorexia: Any type of appetite loss; often refers to anorexia nervosa
  • Arthritis: General name for any type of joint inflammation, but often means age-related osteoarthritis.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Connective tissue disorders: Any condition affecting connective tissues.
  • Dermatomyositis: A muscle disease characterized by chronic muscle inflammation resulting in progressive muscle weakness and a characteristic rash.
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis: A rare disorder where the skin on the limbs become painfully inflamed and looses it's elasticity.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Graft-versus-host disease: A disease characterised by an immune response as a result of a transplantation or transfusion resulting in a widespread systemic inflammatory response
  • Lupus: Autoimmune disease with numerous effects on various organs and linings.
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Paleness: Whitening or pallor of the skin
  • Raynaud's phenomenon: Blood vessel constriction attacks affecting fingers and/or toes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Autoimmune form of arthritis usually in teens or young adults.
  • Scleroderma: A rare, progressive connective tissue disorder involving thickening and hardening of the skin and connective tissue. There are a number of forms of scleroderma with some forms being systemic (involving internal organs).
  • Scleroderma, systemic: A rare autoimmune connective tissue disease where the body attacks parts of the body and causes scarring and thickness of the tissue. In the systemic form, the skin and organs are involved.
  • Sjogren's Syndrome: Autoimmune disease damaging the eye tear ducts and other glands.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.
  • Weight loss: Loss of body weight.

 

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