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Other Names for this Disease
- ED syndrome
- Ehlers Danlos syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome arthrochalasia type
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Beasley Cohen type
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome dermatosparaxis type
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome dysfibronectinemic type
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type
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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of disorders that affect connective tissue, which supports the skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other organs. The signs and symptoms of EDS vary by type and range from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications. An unusually large range of joint movement (hypermobility) occurs with most forms, particularly the hypermobility type. Many people with EDS also have soft, velvety skin that is highly elastic and fragile. Affected individuals tend to bruise easily, and some types of the condition also cause abnormal scarring. Some forms of EDS, notably the vascular type and kyphoscoliosis type, can involve serious and potentially life-threatening complications. EDS may be caused by mutations in any one of several genes; the inheritance pattern varies by type.
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ehlers-danlos-syndrome. Accessed March 2, 2012.
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