Connective Tissue Diseases – Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases

Connective tissue or systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) are characterized by autoantibodies that can affect tissues and organs throughout the body. Laboratory testing for antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) and specific autoantibodies associated with the presence of SARDs may be useful in the evaluation of these diseases.  The SARDS include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)Sjögren syndromemixed connective tissue disease/undifferentiated connective tissue disease, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), idiopathic inflammatory myopathies  (including polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and necrotizing autoimmune), and overlap syndromes.

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Content Review: 
September 2019

Last Update: November 2019