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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Also called: Cutis elastica, EDS

Summary

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.

Resources

  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Marfan Foundation) - PDF
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

Genetics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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