Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of medical conditions that affect connective tissues in the body. Connective tissues consist of proteins that support the skin, cartilage, bones, joints, blood vessel walls and other organs. Healthy connective tissues provide strength and elasticity to underlying body structures; EDS weakens these tissues. EDS manifests as weak or insufficient collagen in the body’s tissues, which prevents connective tissues from adequately supporting body structures.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is classified into 13 types based on the specific symptoms and the affected part(s) of the body. Ehlers-Danlos hypermobility (hypermobile EDS) is the most common type, affecting an estimated 1 in 5,000 to 20,000 people. A cure for EDS does not yet exist, but symptoms can usually be managed.

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