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MCTD

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Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease actually one kind of Scleroderma? Or, is it something that sometimes comes along with Sclero?

 

I don't have it, but was doing some reading and got a bit confused.

 

Mary in Texas

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Hi Mary,

 

Hopefully someone will correct me if I am wrong, but it's my understanding that Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) is a separate entity but has symptoms of other connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. However, I don't think you have to have a diagnosis of scleroderma, for example, in order to have MCTD.

 

The has a patient info article on it that says, in part: "Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is an uncommon autoimmune disorder that causes overlapping features of primarily three connective tissue diseases — lupus, scleroderma and polymyositis. Mixed connective tissue disease also may have features of rheumatoid arthritis. For this reason, mixed connective tissue disease is sometimes referred to as an overlap disease."


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Hi Bookworm,

 

That's as I understand it too.

 

My current 'official' diagnosis is MCTD. A lot of my symptoms are more indicative of Lupus than anything else, but I have the antigen scl70 which is a specific marker for Scleroderma. Until you have reached a specific criteria for each individual auto immune disease, there will be no clinical diagnosis, so it tends to stay as MCTD until (or if) other symptoms develop which meet the required criteria

 

Hope that makes sense?

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Actually, that question made me go off and do some more reading, and now I'm confused as well! :unsure:

 

The explanation I've just written - according to what I've just read, actually relates to UCTD, but it was the explanation my rheumatologist gave me....... I think....

 

Oh why is life so difficult? :emoticon-bang-head: ;)

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