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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine

year: 1942

authors: Gordon H


Patient aged 46, single, housemaid. She attended hospital two months ago with a history of fallinig in the street and splitting the skin of her right calf. This was said to have bled profusely, though bleeding was not apparent on examination. The skin tear measured 2 in. and it was noticed that the deep fascia had also split about 1/2 in. This wound healed by granulation within a month. She reported that this skin splitting on trivial trauma had been common in the past. Bleediing was often profuse and had on occasions to be controlled by suture. She stated that she had bled profusely from a tonsillectomy and teeth extractions and, in addition, various members of her family had bled to death after fairly trivial trauma. Numerous operations had been performed on the feet as an infant.

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