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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is mixed connective tissue disease?

Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder (the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues). Risk factors include, family history of connective tissue disease, exposure to certain viruses or chemicals. It's most common in women in their 20s and 30s. Children may also be affected.

Symptoms related to mixed connective tissue disease

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

  • Upper jaw pain

  • Facial pain

  • Joints feel warm

  • Feeling breathless

  • Skin over my fingers are hardened

  • Fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for mixed connective tissue disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose mixed connective tissue disease

  • Have you ever experienced your fingers and toes turning from blue to purple or red in a cold environment?

  • Do you have upper jaw pain?

  • Do you have pain in the face?

  • Are your joints hot to touch?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

Treatment for mixed connective tissue disease

Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) has no cure. It can be controlled with the help of medication to suppress the immune cells, which are effective especially if diagnosed early.

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