Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), group of inherited tissue disorders, affecting skin and joints

Published in Bel Marra Health, 2/12/2016

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited tissue disorders that affect the skin and the joints. Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome stem from defects in connective tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs and tissues in the body. Symptoms can be mild, severe or life-threatening.

There is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, but there are treatments to better help manage symptoms. The typical treatment is a combination of physical therapy and medication.

Prior to 1997, there were 10 types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome categorized by Roman numerals. In 1997, the classification system of the different types of EDS became simpler and the types were given descriptive names instead.

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