Dr David Collins  MD FRCP

  Consultant Rheumatologist


Tel / Fax: 01285 885146


Connective Tissue Disorders


This is a very difficult group of rare conditions described as ‘autoimmune’  - meaning that the body’s own immune defences have turned against the body’s own organs.


For the majority it leads to distressing symptoms of joint and muscle pains and weakness and skin rashes; but can progress to involve more critical organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.


Management depends on the severity of the major organ involvement and can range from simple painkillers only to complicated immune system suppressing medications and steroids.


They are too complex to explain individually in detail here, but useful information can be found via the links below.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)


Sjogrens syndrome




Inflammatory Muscle diseases



Scleroderma Syndromes


Raynauds Syndrome