What is it?
Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a collection of genetic disorders that affect connective tissue. People who have EDS have problems with their collagen, a protein that adds strength and elasticity to connective tissue. This faulty collagen affects many body parts, including skin, muscles and ligaments. Each individual disorder in the collection of syndromes has a different set of symptoms. Treatment of EDS focuses on preventing damage to fragile body parts.
What are the effects?
Because EDS is a collection of genetic disorder, symptoms can vary dependent on which type you have. There are a couple of symptoms that are more common as they are shared among the different disorders:
How is it diagnosed?
Many different doctors can diagnose Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Your family physician or pediatrician would be the logical first step toward gaining a diagnosis. In addition, you may also work with other specialists in your diagnosis and treatment:
What are the treatment options?
The main focus of treatment for the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) is prevention of injury and complications. A well-balanced treatment plan may include: