Connective tissue disorder

Morgan Phillips

Stickler Syndrome

People that have stickler syndrome often have distinctive facial features. They have prominent eyes, a small nose, scooped out facial appearance and a receding chin. The symptoms are eye problems, hearing difficulties, and bone and joint abnormalties. Stickler syndrome is caused by mutations in certain genes involved in the forming of the Collagen. The disease can be identified by and eye exam, genetic testing, or an x-ray. There is no cure for the disease, only medication and therapy to help symptoms. If you do not have the disease and your partner does there is a 50 percent chance you will pass it on. Rarely children are affected when neither parents have the disease, in that case your gene was from a random mutation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

People with RA normally have firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms, they have swollen joints and morning stiffness. RA will also cause you to lose weight, have a fever, and fatigue. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your bodys tissue. The disease may be identified by blood test or x-rays. There is no cure for RA but you may take medication for pain and preventing joint damage. If someone in your family has it you have a higher risk of getting it. It is more common for females at the age of 40-60 to get this disease.