Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Etiology

  • A family of genetic disorders, w/variable affects on connective tissues

Risk Factors

  • Family hx

Symptoms

  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Vary based on degree of dysfxn and types of collagen affected
  • Skin hyper-extensability, joint hyper-mobility, frequent dislocations w/o sig force, easy bruising, poor wound healing, sig chronic pain of joints, back as age
  • Aneurysms in vascular tree

Physical Exam Findings

  • Varies based on type of collagen affected, can include: joint subluxation, joint hyper-mobility, stretchy skin that snaps back
  • Skin can be paper thin or velvety
  • Echymoses, hematomas
  • Wide scars that bleed easily

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