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Collagen vascular disease

Definition

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

Collagen vascular diseases include:

Symptoms

Symptoms of collagen vascular disease may include:

  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Joint inflammation
  • Weakness

Review Date: 2/22/2009
Reviewed By: Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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