Collagen is a tough, glue-like protein that makes up 30% of body protein. It shapes the structure of tendons, bones, and connective tissues. Problems with the immune system can affect these structures. This is known as collagen vascular disease.
Symptoms of collagen vascular disease may include:
Signs and tests:
Calling your health care provider:
Review Date: 2/22/2009 Reviewed By: Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.