Undifferentiated connective tissue disease is a condition which affects your muscles and body organs in a number of ways. It is a disorder that has not yet developed to a point where doctors can easily identify the disease.
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease describes people who have certain laboratory markers and clinical characteristics that suggest a systemic autoimmune disorder or connective tissue disease. However, these patients lack sufficient features for a well-defined connective tissue disease like lupus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis.
It is similar to mixed connective tissue disease but is not the same. With mixed connective tissue disease, patients have enough characteristics of more than one connective tissue disease to simultaneously meet the criteria for several of these disorders.
In contrast to this, people with undifferentiated connective tissue disease do not have enough features of any one connective tissue disease to meet the established diagnostic criteria for that condition. Instead, they may have features of several known diseases. Therefore, they are said to be “undifferentiated”.
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease is believed to be a systemic autoimmune disorder. “Systemic” means that it can affect almost any system in your body. “Autoimmune” refers to conditions in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body tissues.
There are several different effects that you may experience with undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Some of these effects are:
- Oral ulcers
- Arthritis (link to page Arthritis and Disability)
A preliminary classification criterion for this disorder has been proposed. This involves two things:
- Signs and symptoms for at least 3 years that are suggestive of a connective tissue disease but that do not meet the criteria for any defined connective tissue disorder.
- The presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) being identified on two different occasions.
The effects caused by undifferentiated connective tissue disease can be debilitating. You or a loved one may be disabled and unable to work because of this disease.
You may be looking for help if this is the case. You may be searching for financial help.
Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by undifferentiated connective tissue disease? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, here is something for you to think about.
You or your loved one may need a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com to represent you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason why this is true is because people who are represented by a disability lawyer are approved more often than those people who are not represented by an attorney.
Do not delay. Contact the disability lawyer at disabilitycasereview.com, today.
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