What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a heritable Connective Tissue Disorder (CTD) of which there are 13 sub-types.
Usual characteristics include, but of course, are not limited to; joint hypermobility, skin which is hyper-extensible (stretchy), fragile tissues, easy bruising, and poor wound healing. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to symptoms individuals with EDS can and do experience.
The symptom complex and presentation for EDS patients can vary vastly between individuals.
Connective tissue is present throughout the entire body, as such there really is not a joint, organ, or body system that cannot be impacted by the effects of EDS. Impacted systems can include; circulatory and cardiovascular systems, digestive and excretory systems, nervous system, musculoskeletal and skeletal, integumentary and exocrine systems, endocrine system, and the reproductive system.
Unfortunately, achieving a diagnosis of CTD can take a very long time, and often patients experience many incorrect diagnoses along the way. 'if you can't connect the issues, think connective tissues'. This well-known quote of unknown origin in the CTD community is one that all doctors, allied health professionals, and patients alike should know AND spread far and wide.
Increasing awareness of The Ehlers-Danlos and Joint Hypermobility Syndromes will ultimately improve patient outcomes.
More information can be found at www.ehlers-danlos.com