To help distinguish heritable connective tissue disorders (HCTDs) from autoimmune connective tissue diseases, we have included a brief summary.
AutoImmune Connective Tissue Disorders:
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases may have both genetic and environmental causes, and they are often referred to as systemic autoimmune diseases. Genetic factors may create a predisposition towards developing these conditions. They are characterized as a group by the presence of spontaneous over-activity or under-activity of the immune system. In response to a substance the body believes is unwelcome, antibodies are produced; instead of attacking the trigger substance, antibodies attack the body’s tissues. In the event of under-activity, the body is unable to fight against infection. The classic collagen vascular diseases have a classic presentation with common findings that doctors can recognize during an examination and through a blood test. Numerous people have both a heritable connective tissue disorder and an autoimmune connective tissue disease. Autoimmune connective tissue diseases that fall under the classic collagen vascular diseases umbrella include:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Mixed connective tissue disease
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders (HCTDs)
- More Coming Soon!
Page Last Updated: February 2020