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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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source: patient.info

year: 2015

authors: Mary Lowth


Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a rare inherited condition with disruption of the integrity of structural proteins in skin, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels, leading to fragility of connective tissues.

Early literature quotes a 1/5,000 frequency of all types of EDS with EDS hypermobility type (EDS-HT) accounting for about half of all registered cases. However, EDS-HT is an underdiagnosed condition. A frequency of 0.2-0.6% has been suggested for Caucasians, with a higher figure for Africans. Men have lower incidence of EDS-HT compared with women.

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