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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Presenting with Torsion of Stomach

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source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine

year: 1975

authors: Linnemann MP, Johnson VW


B R, woman aged 68
History: Presented in 1969 aged 63, with pain in left hypochondrium, vomiting of four days’ duration and features compatible with EhlersDanlos syndrome (EDS); not previously diagnosed. Two similar episodes occurred within two years and on each occasion she responded to conservative treatment with intravenous fluids and nasogastric aspiration. She had had a kyphoscoliosis for as long as she could remember and wounds had always taken a long time to heal. Dislocated right elbow at age 16. Over the years 3 thyroid adenomata excised followed by treatment with thyroxine. Osteoarthrosis affecting particularly the left knee first occurred at 45 and at 55 she complained of dyspnea on exertion, and a high left diaphragm which did not move on screening was noted. At 60, she sustained multiple fractures of the left elbow and the radial head was excised, following which there was excessive soft tissue swelling.

organization: New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton

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