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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, classic type


Other Names for this Disease
  • Classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • EDS, classic type
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 1 (formerly)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 2 (formerly)
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Treatment

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

The treatment of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), classic type varies based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, children with hypotonia and/or delayed motor milestones may benefit from physical therapy and occupational therapy. These treatments can also help improve joint stability. Assistive devices such as braces may also be necessary depending on the severity of joint instability. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for joint pain. Because EDS, classic type is associated with fragile skin with abnormal wound healing, affected people, especially children, may need to wear protective bandages or pads over exposed areas, such as the knees, shins, and forehead. Children and adolescents may be monitored for the development of aortic root dilatation (enlargement of the blood vessel that distributes blood from the heart to the rest of the body).[1][2]

GeneReview's Web site offers more specific information regarding the treatment and management of EDS, classic 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: 5/31/2015

References
  1. Fransiska Malfait, MD, PhD, Richard Wenstrup, MD, and Anne De Paepe, MD, PhD. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Classic Type. GeneReviews. August 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1244/.
  2. Susan P Pauker, MD, FACMG; Joan Stoler, MD. Overview of the management of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. UpToDate. March 2014; Accessed 5/22/2015.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • EDS, classic type
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 1 (formerly)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 2 (formerly)
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.