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Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD)

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When a person has symptoms of various connective tissue diseases without meeting the full criteria for any one of them, it is often called Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD). (Also see: Difficult Diagnosis)
Impaired endothelial function in patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD): a follow-up study. The data suggest that the presence of inflammation and autoantibodies provoke endothelial cell activation and/or injury in UCTD patients. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Jun 10.
The diagnosis and classification of undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD). Criteria for early phases of CTD may offer a valuable guide to the treating physician to set up appropriate follow up schedules as well as therapeutic protocols. PubMed, J Autoimmun, 2014 Feb 8.
Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD) presenting with prevalent interstitial lung disease: case report and review of literature. The diagnosis of UCTD should be considered when NSIP (nonspecific interstitial pneumonia) is diagnosed even in cases with evident first clinical manifestations of severe respiratory dysfunction. A multidisciplinary approach in the field of interstitial lung disease with NSIP, also including rheumatologic expertise, is fundamental to achieve a prompt and correct diagnosis. Lunardi F. Diagn Pathol. 2011 Jun 7. (Also see: Pulmonary Involvement)
 
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