Connective tissue disorders

The connective tissue disorders or diseases comprise three distinct conditions, namely systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis and polymyositis/dermatomyositis (Fig 28.1). 1 Mixed connective tissue disorder is that disease which includes features of all three disorders and is sometimes referred to as 'overlap' syndrome. Common features include:

• arthralgia or arthritis

• multisystem involvement

• vasculitis

• immunological abnormalities

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