Undifferentiated Connective-Tissue Disease Treatment & Management

Updated: Apr 16, 2015
  • Author: Bernard Hildebrand, MD, MA; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

A patient with undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (UCTD) can be evaluated and treated primarily as an outpatient.

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Surgical Care

Surgery for patients with UCTD is not routinely necessary and should be initiated only when indicated for diagnosis or treatment.

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Consultations

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  • A rheumatologist should be consulted.
  • Consultations with other specialists may be clinically indicated, including with a dermatologist, ophthalmologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, neurologist, physical medicine specialist, physical therapist, and/or occupational therapist.
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Diet

No special diet is recommended for patients with UCTD.

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Activity

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  • In general, activities are not restricted in the absence of specific functional limitations associated with UCTD.
  • Patients with photosensitivity should minimize prolonged exposure to sunlight and should use protective clothing and sunblock lotions/creams to protect against ultraviolet light.
  • Patients with severe Raynaud phenomenon should avoid prolonged exposure to severe cold temperatures (< 40° F) to avoid digital vasospasm. Layered clothing, hats, and gloves help to maintain a warm core body temperature and decreased vasospastic symptoms. Tobacco use should be avoided.
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