Links to Online Information about Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

The following links will take you to in depth internet information and articles about the disease symptoms that comprise MCTD, as well as current discussions on medications and health maintenance alternatives. Click on what interests you below.
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

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  • The Mayo Clinic Web site has an information page on mixed connective tissue disease that can be found at the following link. Click on The Mayo Clinic to view the information page.
  • The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

In Depth Information


Mixed Connective Tissue Disease:

Clinical Practice Guidelines:

*National Center for Advanced Translation Sciences: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: citing sources ( (12/29/14)


Cleveland Clinic, Health Hub, Diseases and Conditions

Mayo Clinic, Discusses RNP Antibodies, IgG, Serum

National Organization of Rare Diseases, Overview and Comparisons
Website:, MCTD vs UCTD, Explanation of Differences
Website:, Overview of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

American College of Rheumatology


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Mayo Clinic, S.L.E. Overview


Cleveland Clinic, General description of S.L.E.


NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus, S.L.E. overview with images


Medscape, General overview of S.L.E. with diagnostic criteria


S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, General description with patient stories


Yale Daily News, Discusses a new Yale study which may lead to cure for lupus


Medical News Today,  Discusses possible persoanlized treatment plans for autoimmune treatment based on the findings of researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

 GSK: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:

Article: Lupus is not curable, but there are ways to manage the disease:

Common Symptoms of Lupus: 

The Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus “Lupus Secrets” Webinar (Video)

 Lupus Flares Directly Impact Both Quality of Life and Family Life


Mayo Clinic, General Description

Cleveland Clinic, An Overview

American College of Rheumatology, General description and treatment options

The Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center, Understanding Scleroderma

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Fast Facts

Therapeutic Plasma Exchange for the treatment of Systemic Sclerosis

Scleroderma Foundation, Patient friendly overview

Overlapping Conditions in Systemic Sclerosis, From Scleroderma Foundation and Tamiko Katsumoto, M.D.
( watch on YouTube )

Mayo Clinic, Definition and overview

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fighting Muscle Disease, Basics of PM

Cleveland Clinic, Overview

National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD), Types of PM and overview

Interstitial Lung Disease

Connective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease (CTD-ILD)

Diagnosis and Treatment of Connective Tissue Disease-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Antiphospholipid Syndrome

National Fibromyalgia Association, Home

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from VeryWell 


Fibromyalgia and Itching:

Endocanabinoid Deficiency and Fibromyalgia:

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health

 9 Rheumatoid Arthritis Remedies You Probably Haven’t Tried

Yahoo Helminthic Therapy Forum, Description of Helminthic Therapy

 Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Diet: 

Low-Dose Naltrexone and Dietary Changes for the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases:

Cold and Flu Remedies for the Autoimmune Sufferer:

Article: Baking Soda Could Be an Inexpensive, Safe Way to Combat AutoImmune Disease:

What are Nightshades?

What to Eat (and avoid) with Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Natural Arthritis Treatments:

Eating Healthy (Blog)
Traditional Medication Therapies

For a comprehensive list of medications used in Rheumatological Disease, please visit the Arthritis Foundation website @

The following are interesting articles and information found to enhance the basic material available there.

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

plaquenil chart

Description of Hydroxychloroquine including Fast facts and Points to remember.

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center provides detailed patient information on Anti-Malarial Drugs


FDA Unveils Sweeping Changes to Opioid Policies – Published in Medscape – February 2016


NIH U.S. Library of Medicine, Medline Plus, Overview of methotrexate

NCBI Pub Med, Folic acid and folinic acid for reducing side effects of methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis. A research study.

Health Central, How do Biologics Treat RA, Dr. Dana Jerome and Dr.Chris Morris


Emotional Support

How to Support a Loved One With a Chronic Illness

Why I Loathe the Pain Scale as an Adult With Chronic Pain:

“But you don’t look sick”: Living with a chronic, invisible illness:

MCTD and Me (Video): 

Why are Sick People so Grumpy?

Medicine Has A Sexism Problem, And It’s Making Sick Women Sicker

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Living with Multiple Health Problems: My Story

Jay’s MCTD Story

Fight Like a Girl Club: MCTD Stories

MCTD Warrior: Open Letter to My Family and Friends

Patient Comments: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease – Experience

Clinical Studies/Trials

Join the Autoimmune Registry

Participate in Lupus Clinical Research Studies

Additional and Secondary Disease Manifestations

Gender and Ocular Manifestations of Connective Tissue Diseases

Light Sensitivity and Dizziness

Spontaneous biceps tendon rupture in a patient with mixed connective tissue disease

Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases and the Risk of Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study

Esophageal Disorders in Mixed Connective Tissue Diseases

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