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These classic rheumatic diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Individuals with an overlap syndrome may, but need not meet, complete diagnostic criteria for one or more than one classic rheumatic disease.
MCTD is distinguished from other overlap syndromes by a laboratory result: These diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis.
For more information on these disorders, see the Related Disorders section of this report.
It occurs in approximately 90 percent of individuals with MCTD. Pain in multiple joints polyarthralgia or inflammation of joints arthritis also occurs in the majority of affected individuals. Lupus-like skin inflammation in sun-exposed areas and hair loss are common, as are skin scarring changes on the fingers and face like those seen in scleroderma.
Muscle weakness due to inflammation myositis of proximal muscle groups can also occur. Additional frequent symptoms include hand swelling and fatigue.
Dysfunction of the esophagus occurs in at least half of individuals with MCTD.
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Esophageal trouble most often manifests as heartburn gastroesophageal reflux and difficulty swallowing solid foods. Nearly half of individuals with MCTD may develop clinically significant lung involvement, typically sometime after the condition first emerges.
MCTD lung disease may lead to breathing respiratory difficulties caused either by high blood pressure in the lungs pulmonary hypertension or by causing lung inflammation and scarring in and around the air sacs interstitial lung disease.
Heart cardiac involvement is less common in MCTD than lung problems, but can be serious when it occurs. Neurologic abnormalities are noted in approximately 10 percent of individuals with MCTD. The low levels of circulating red blood cells anemia and a reduction in the white blood cell count leukopenia occur in 30 to 40 percent of cases.
Disease of the lymph nodes lymphadenopathyenlargement of the spleen splenomegalyenlargement of the liver hepatomegalyand intestinal involvement may also occur in some cases.
Among patients with MCTD, patterns of organ targeting have been reported that suggest disease subtypes. Some patients have more vascular manifestations, and have higher risk for pulmonary hypertension.
Some patients have more myositis manifestations and have higher risk for interstitial lung disease. Some patients with more classic rheumatoid arthritis manifestations may have a lower risk of major internal organ damage. Causes MCTD is caused by immune reactions against self autoimmunity.
The anti-RNP immune response that helps define the disease also appears to mediate some of the damage it induces. The RNP molecules are usually in the nucleus of all human cells, where they help to manufacture messenger RNA, and where the immune system cannot find them.
However, in dead or dying cells, RNP molecules can become exposed to the immune system. Since RNP molecules are nearly identical in humans to their counterparts in single celled organisms without immune systems, the human immune system can be fooled into responding to RNP as if it were from a dangerous invader.
Prior immune exposures to other things that look like RNP such as with prior viral infections may also increase the risk. Additional effects of heredity and the environment on the risk for developing MCTD and on its manifestations and severity are likely. Affected Populations The onset of mixed connective tissue disease can occur anytime from early childhood to elderly adulthood, but the average age of onset is 37 years.
Approximately 75 percent of individuals are female. The point prevalence of MCTD has been found to be 3. Debate exists in the medical literature as to whether mixed connective tissue disease is a distinct syndrome or should be considered a subset of lupus.
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General Discussion Mixed connective tissue disease (MTCD) is an uncommon systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease.
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