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#1 Snowbird

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 01:50 PM

Hi All

Correct me if I'm wrong on MCTD....and explain the UCTD terminology for me please?

Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder means several overlapping diseases, right?

What does Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder mean (doe it mean that they don't know what it is)??

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#2 Sheryl

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 03:54 PM

Snowbird, UCTD just means that you may have some of the symptoms of a disease but not enough to say you have that disease. You could have a few symptoms of raynauds without having enough for a diagnosis of raynauds. You may have some tightening of skin without any other symptom so you couldn't be told you have Scleroderma. So your doctor might put UCTD and watch to see any new developments in your condition. Over the years it can change to MCTD if conditions change. Hope that helps to answer your question.
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 10:40 PM

Sheryl is right, Snowbird. For more information here is our page on

Systemic Sclerosis: Scleroderma in Overlap, MCTD, UCTD


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Posted 13 April 2008 - 04:04 AM

Snowbird,

Interesting that the U in UCTD is called Undifferentiated as my Rhumetologist called mine Unspecified. I wonder if that's the same thing? It's pretty vague isn't it? B)

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 04:55 AM

Hi Snowbird ,

This is confusing for me, too. Gareth was initially diagnosed (18 months ago) with sine Scleroderma by blood work and symptoms. After the Plaquenil kicked in and he improved symptom wise, he's now listed as having UCTD even thought the blood work is still consistent for SS.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 07:55 AM

Karen,
Apparently unspecified is the same thing as undifferentiated. I think it's old school vs. new school. My rheumatologist calls my scleroderma "generalized scleroderma" which is synonymous with systemic scleroderma. He's been in practice for at least 25 years, so "old school."

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:41 AM

Thanks for the clarification Janey. I think both are just words for "we have no idea" Lol! I guess my doctor would be in the "new school" category.
Semantics, semantics, I'm always up for some-antics :P

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:01 AM

<<I think both are just words for "we have no idea">>

I totally agree with that!!!

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:34 AM

Thanks everybody...that helps alot!!

Hope you are all having a good weekend!
Sending good wishes your way!