Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD): a new frontier for rheumatology.

  title={Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD): a new frontier for rheumatology.},
  author={Marta Mosca and Chiara Tani and Stefano Bombardieri},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology},
  volume={21 6},
Patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of a systemic autoimmune disease but not fulfilling the classification criteria for defined diseases are common in clinical practice. Such conditions have been defined as undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTDs). Since the 1980s, many studies have analyzed different aspects of the UCTDs -- their frequency and epidemiological characteristics, the rate of evolution to defined CTD, and their clinical and serological characteristics. It is… CONTINUE READING
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