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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Overview

What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
A person with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome has an inherited disorder of the tissue that makes up the joints, skin, tendons and ligaments. Symptoms include very flexible joints and skin. Almost all people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome live normal lives and have a normal life expectancy.

What are the symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome include very flexible joints, flexible skin, joint dislocation, fragile skin, blue sclera, poor wound healing, skin scarring, and easy bruising.

How does the doctor treat Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
There is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome includes an exercise plan, avoidance of heavy lifting and skin injury and vitamin C supplements.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome References
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