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Collagen vascular disease


Definition

Collagen is a tough, glue-like protein that represents 30% of body protein and shapes the structure of tendons, bones, and connective tissues. Malfunctioning of the immune system can affect these structures. This is known as collagen vascular disease.

Collagen vascular diseases include:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Scleroderma
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa

Update Date: 10/24/2003

Stanford Peng, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Rheumatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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