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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a heterogeneous group of heritable disorders of connective tissue, characterised by skin extensibility, joint hypermobility and tissue fragility. There are different types of EDS and these were reclassified into six major types in 1997 . They are classified according to signs and symptoms with each type running true in a family thus an individual with one type will not have a child with a different type.
EDS is caused by a defect in a protein called collagen, of which there are more than 30 different types. It is a protein and is the main building block of the body providing strength and support. Some examples are ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Consequently, if the collagen itself is defective, it can produce many problems throughout the body.

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