- Disorders of Connective Tissue
Autoimmune disorder, most commonly affects African american women between ages 20 and 40. Symptoms include, fatigue, skin rash (malar butterfly rash), joint pain and swelling. proteinuria. Treatment; NSAID's, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants.
Autoimmune destruction of lacrimal and salivary glands. Predominately affects women between 40 - 60. Symptoms include, dryness of; eyes, and mouth, leading to associated difficulties. Tiredness and fatigue, muscle and joint pain, difficulty in concentrating, remembering and reasoning. Treatment; Artificial tears, immunosuppressants, steroids.
Cause unknown, immune function abnormality, mainly affects women between 30 - 50. Symptoms include; fatigue, weight loss, Scleroderma, swelling of fingers and toes, Raynaud phenomenon, pulmonary fibrosis, dysphagia. Treatment; steroids, immunosuppressants, NASID's.
Systemic disorder of unknown cause, associated with immune dysfunction. Most commonly affects women between 40-60. Symptoms include; gradual, progressive, systemic proximal muscle weakness, leading to atrophy and contracture. Interstitial lung disease, myocarditis, rashes. Treatment; high dose of corticosteroids, immunosuppressants.
Predominately an inherited condition. Disorder of the body's connective tissue. Symptoms tend to get worse over time. Manifestations; tall stature with long extremities, hyperextensible joints, long tapering digits, dislocation of lenses, aortic valve incompetence. Treatment; spine brace, aortic valve replacement if needed, beta blockers, frequent eye examinations, angiotensin receptor blockers.