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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Recurrent Bruising

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source: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

year: 1990

authors: Anstey A, Wilkinson JD, Pope FM


Despite being a well-described ‘textbook feature’ of EhlersDanlos syndrome, there are few case reports or published series on bruising or bleeding in this condition. We report the case of a 62-year-old man with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and recurrent, troublesome bruising. Clinical, ‘haematological and biochemical features are described.

Case report
Our patient first developed skin problems in early childhood with frequent skin lacerations particularly over the’lower legs, knees and elbows. These often required suturing and healed to leave large, unsightly splayed scars. Once healed, these scarred skin areas were a fiequent site for haematoma formation which occurred following even trivial trauma and often took weeks to disperse. At the age of 1Oyears he was admitted to hospital for’ excision ofthe scarred skin overlying the knees. The wounds failed to heal satisfactorily and the scars remain widely splayed.

organization: Wycombe General Hospital; Clinical Research Centre, Northwick Park Hospital

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