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Because there are so many different kinds of connective tissue diseases, symptoms may vary and may affect different parts of the body. Body parts that may be affected include:

  • Bones.
  • Joints.
  • Skin.
  • Heart and blood vessels.
  • Lungs. Some of the diseases, like the ones mentioned above, can cause serious pulmonary issues.
  • Head and face. Some of these diseases can make the face, head, eyes and ears look different than the faces and heads of other people.
  • Height. Some diseases cause the people who have them to be very tall or very short.


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