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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign joint hypermobility syndrome
  • BJHS
  • EDS III
  • EDS3 (formerly)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3
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I was wondering if there were any underlying problems I should be concerned about associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type.

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What are the signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type?

The signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), hypermobility type vary but may include:[1][2]
  • Joint hypermobility affecting both large (elbows, knees) and small (fingers, toes) joints
  • Frequent joint dislocations and subluxations (partial dislocation), often affecting the shoulder, kneecap, and/or temporomandibular joint (joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull)
  • Soft, smooth skin that may be slightly elastic (stretchy) and bruises easily
  • Chronic musculoskeletal (muscle and bone) pain
  • Early onset osteoartritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system
  • Cardiovascular abnormalities such as mitral valve prolapse or aortic root dilatation (enlargement of the blood vessel that distributes blood from the heart to the rest of the body)
  • Pregnancy may be complicated by premature rupture of membranes or rapid labor and delivery (less than 4 hours)
Last updated: 5/25/2015

References
  • Levy HP. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type. GeneReviews. September 13, 2012; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1279/.
  • Susan P Pauker, MD, FACMG; Joan Stoler, MD. Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. UpToDate. December 2014; Accessed 5/21/2015.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign joint hypermobility syndrome
  • BJHS
  • EDS III
  • EDS3 (formerly)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.