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Connective tissue

Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue with an extensive extracellular matrix. There are several basic types:

Disorders of connective tissue

Various connective tissue conditions have been described, these can be both inherited and environmental.

  • Marfan syndrome - a genetic disease causing abnormal fibrillin.
  • Scurvy - caused by a dietary deficiency in vitamin C, leading to abnormal collagen.
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - a genetic disease causing progressive deterioration of collagens, with different EDS types affecting different sites in the body, such as joints, heart valves, organ walls, arterial walls, etc.

See also: zootomy

Last updated: 06-02-2005 00:08:23
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