Organs are responsible for the body’s functions. Each organ is made up of several types of tissue that work together.
If tissues are the building blocks of organs, then connective tissues are the glue—they hold tissue together to give it its shape, keep it strong, and help it do its job. Cartilage and fat are two types of connective tissue.
When a child has a connective tissue disorder, the proteins that make up the connective tissue become inflamed. These proteins, as well as the body parts they connect to, become damaged.