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Connective Tissue Diseases

Connective tissue refers to protein-rich tissue comprised of elastin and collagen which connects and holds cells of the body together and provides a framework for the body. Common connective tissues include cartilage, bone, and fat.

There are over two hundred diseases which can impair and affect connective tissue. Medical experts admit they are not sure why certain connective tissue diseases develop but have identified certain genetic abnormalities which can increase the risk of developing a connective tissue disease. Environmental factors can also play a role in developing a connective tissue disease.

Some of the most common types of connective tissue diseases are listed below.

Many connective tissue disorders are evaluated under 14.00 Immune System Disorders in the SSA Listing of Impairments. Within the Social Security Administration listing the disorders are categorized and evaluated under the following: autoimmune disorders; immune deficiency disorders, excluding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; and HIV infection.

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