Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder of the body's connective tissue. The weak tissue and joints found in EDS patients are due to the reduced amount of collagen in the body. Collagen is a protein in the connective tissue that adds strength and elasticity. Without the proper amount, joints can become hypermobile, tissues fragile, and skin elastic. There are six different types of EDS:
      1. Classical,
      2. Vascular,
      3. Hypermobility,
      4. Kyphoscoliosis,
      5. Arthrochalasia, and 
      6. Dermatosparaxis.

Each type has its own signs and symptoms. They are each unique and have their own treatment plans, however, EDS is not curable. Vascular Type EDS can shorten one's life expectancy because of the possibility of organ and vessel ruptures. Hypermobility can cause one to become less active. Each type has its own diagnosis and treatment plans. 

Signs and symptoms of the most common form of EDS include overly flexible joints and stretchy and fragile skin. Although symptoms can vary from person to person, if one notices these symptoms they should contact their doctor. 

  • 1 in 2,500 to 5,000 people have EDS

  • Affects people from all ethinicities and backgrounds

  • Not gender specific

For more information on EDS check out the following links:

Ehlers Danlos National Foundation
Genetics Home Reference
Mayo Clinic