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Connective tissue diseases

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This sheet has been written for people affected by scleroderma. It provides general information to help you understand how scleroderma affects you and what you can do to manage it. It also tells you where to find further information and advice

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Connective tissue dysplasia | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

The name "connective tissue dysplasia" covers a wide range of disorders. These disorders are caused by a weakness in the connective tissues such as bone, ligaments, tendons and skin.

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Methotrexate - ACD

Methotrexate is a medication used in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, autoimmune blistering diseases and connective tissue diseases.

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Scleroderma -

Scleroderma is a generalised disease which produces fibrosis, degeneration and inflammation of skin and other tissue. People with scleroderma have too much of a protein called collagen.

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Anti-dsDNA - Lab Tests Online AU

The anti-dsDNA test is used in support of a diagnosis ofsystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)and distinguishes it from otherautoimmune disorders

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ANA - Lab Tests Online AU

Why and when to get tested for antinuclear antibodies

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Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile, leading to a higher risk of breaks or fractures. A minor bump or fall can be enough to cause a break in someone with osteoporosis. People with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis. This factsheet explains how rheumatoid arthritis can affect your bones, how to find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis, and what you can do to help protect your bone health.

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