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  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of disorders that affect connective tissues, which are tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs. Defects in connective tissues cause the signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which vary from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications. Many people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome have soft, velvety skin that is highly elastic (stretchy) and fragile. Affected individuals tend to bruise easily, and some types of the condition also cause abnormal scarring.

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Signs and symptoms:

    Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes include loose skin that stretches away from the body easily and excessively. The skin can appear saggy and soft and may tear easily and be fragile. Signs of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes include easy bruising without significant trauma and joints that can move beyond the normal range of motion. Joint hypermobility in Ehlers-Danlos syndromes can lead to multiple joint dislocations.

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Diagnosis:

    Extremely loose joints, fragile or stretchy skin, and a family history of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are often enough to make a diagnosis. Genetic tests on a sample of blood can confirm the diagnosis in some cases and help rule out other problems. Medications: Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) Because blood vessels are more fragile in some types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, doctor may want to reduce the stress on the vessels by keeping blood pressure low.

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