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What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is an inherited condition that affects the connective tissues in the body. Connective tissue is responsible for supporting and structuring the skin, blood vessels, bones, and organs. It’s made up of cells, fibrous material, and a protein called collagen. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is caused by a defect in collagen production. This condition is caused by a group of genetic disorders.
There are six major types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:
The area affected differs with each type of EDS. However, they all have one thing in common: hypermobility. Hypermobility is an unusually large range of movement in the joints.
The hypermobility and classic types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are the most common. The other types are rare, with the dermatosparaxis type affecting only about a dozen children on record worldwide. According to the National Library of Medicine’s Genetics Home Reference, EDS is seen in 1 in 5,000 people worldwide.
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