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Disease of the areolar connective tissue

If a disorder existed that affected areolar connective tissue, what organ structures and functions would be affected? Include at least two examples. Also include a description of the types of fibers and cells found within areolar tissue. Be detailed.

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From Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, (8th ed) by Tortora and Grabowski).

Areolar connective tissue is found in the subcutaneous layer of the skin, in the papillary or superficial region of the dermis of the skin, in mucous membranes, blood vessels, nerves and around body organs. So, a disease of areolar connective tissue would be fairly systemic in nature with multiple manifestations in many body tissues.

Areolar connective tissue is also known as "loose" connective tissue and consists of fibers (collagen, elastic and reticular) and several kinds of cells, including fibroblasts, macrophages, plasma cells, adipocytes and mast cells. These fibers and cells are embedded in a semifluid ground substance.

Fibroblasts are large, flat, spindle-shaped cells with branching processes; they secrete molecules that form the matrix.

Macrophages, develop from monocytes (a type of WBC). They have an irregular shape with ...

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Disease of the areolar connective tissue is discussed. The types of fibers and cells which are found in areolar tissues are determined.