Connective tissue is the "cellular glue" inside your body that supports many of its various parts in order to give tissues their shape and keep them strong. Two examples of connective tissue are fat and cartilage. There are more than 200 known connective tissue disorders. Each conncetive tissue disorder may affect different parts of the body such as joints, muscles, and skin. Organs such as the eyes, heart, lungs, or kidneys may also be affected. Some of these disorders may result from an infection, such as cellulits. Scarring is considered a connective tissue disorder and is most commonly caused by injuries or surgery. Other connective tissue disorders result from a mutation or error in a person’s DNA or genes and may run be inherited or run in families. Some examples of genetic connective tissue disorders are osteogenesis imperfecta, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrom and pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) . And for others such as scleroderma, the cause is unknown. Treatment options for connective tissue disorders vary due to different parts of the body being affected. Talk with you doctor about developing the best care plan if you or a family member has been diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder.