Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited disorders that weaken connective tissues. Connective tissues are proteins that support skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs.
EDS usually affects your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Symptoms include
- Loose joints
- Fragile, small blood vessels
- Abnormal scar formation and wound healing
- Soft, velvety, stretchy skin that bruises easily
There are several types of EDS. They can range from mild to life-threatening. About 1 in 5,000 people has EDS. There is no cure. Treatment involves managing symptoms, often with medicines and physical therapy. It also includes learning how to protect your joints and prevent injuries.
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: The GoodHope Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Clinic: development and implementation of the...
- Article: Report of two siblings with spondylodysplastic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and B4GALT7 deficiency.
- Article: Pain Management through Neurocognitive Therapeutic Exercises in Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Patients...
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome -- see more articles
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