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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type


Other Names for this Disease
  • EDS IV
  • EDS IV (formerly)
  • EDS type 4
  • EDS4 (formerly)
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, arterial type
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Treatment

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How might Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type be treated?

The treatment and management of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), vascular type is focused on relieving associated signs and symptoms and preventing serious complications. For example, people with EDS, vascular type have tissue fragility that puts them at high risk for rupture of arteries, muscles and internal organs. It is, therefore, important to seek immediate medical attention for any sudden, unexplained pain as emergency surgery may be indicated. Pregnant women with EDS, vascular type should be followed by a maternal-fetal specialists at a high-risk perinatal center.[1][2]

Periodic screening may be recommended to diagnose aneurysms or other problems that may not be associated with obvious symptoms. People with the EDS, vascular type should also minimize risk of injury by avoiding contact sports, heavy lifting, and weight training. Elective surgery is also discouraged.[2]

GeneReview's Web site offers more specific information about the treatment and management of EDS, vascular type. Please click on the link to access this resource.

Please speak to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your personal medical management plan.

Last updated: 5/28/2015

References
  1. Susan P Pauker, MD, FACMG; Joan Stoler, MD. Overview of the management of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. UpToDate. March 2014; Accessed 5/22/2015.
  2. Melanie G Pepin, MS, CGC and Peter H Byers, MD. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type IV. GeneReviews. May 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1494/.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • EDS IV
  • EDS IV (formerly)
  • EDS type 4
  • EDS4 (formerly)
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, arterial type
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.