May 18, 2009
About 1 in 5,000 people worldwide are affected with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
EDS is a group of genetic conditions that weaken connective tissues. Connective tissues are comprised of proteins that support bones, skin, blood vessels and other organs, like the heart.
As such, EDS usually affects the skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the type of EDS. Typical symptoms may include:
-loose (hyperextensible) joints
-fragile and small blood vessels
-abnormal scar formation and wound healing
-soft, velvety skin that stretches very easily and is fragile
There are several types of EDS, which are characterized by their clinical features and genetic causes. For more information on the genetics of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome visit: http://AccessDNA.com/condition/Ehlers-Danlos_Syndrome/130