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Overview of Autoimmune Disorders of Connective Tissue

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Last full review/revision Mar 2021| Content last modified Mar 2021
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What is an autoimmune disorder?

What is an autoimmune disorder of connective tissue?

What are the symptoms of an autoimmune disorder of connective tissue?

Symptoms depend on which disorder you have but can include:

How can doctors tell I have an autoimmune disorder of connective tissue?

Doctors suspect you have an autoimmune disorder of connective tissue based on your symptoms and by doing:

  • Blood tests

  • Sometimes a biopsy (taking out a small piece of tissue to look at under a microscope)

How do doctors treat an autoimmune disorder of connective tissue?

Doctors treat these disorders with:

  • Corticosteroids and other medicine that slow down your immune system and keep it from attacking your own tissue

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