What Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?

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Your body is like a house in that if there is a problem with the support structure, i.e., the connective tissue, the resulting issues can cause systemic instability. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is one of many disorders that causes problems with the body’s connective tissue.

EDS can result from defects in several different genes. As a result, it encompasses a wide range of different subtypes affecting different body systems. The symptoms of each of the different subtypes can range in severity from mild to severe.

1. Symptoms

Joint hypermobility is one symptom that is present in all subtypes of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. When a joint is hypermobile, it has a much greater range of motion than normal. Hypermobility due to EDS can put you at greater risk for painful dislocations.

The classic subtype of EDS, which is the most common, is also characterized by abnormalities of the skin. It may be soft and velvety, able to stretch farther than normal, but also more fragile and prone to scarring. It can be difficult to repair a flesh wound with stitches if you have EDS because your skin may not be strong enough to hold the stitches.

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