What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, otherwise known as EDS, is a collection of heritable connective tissue disorders caused by abnormalities in the structure, production, and processing of collagen in the body.  Collagen is a tough, fibrous protein that is responsible for strengthening and providing elasticity to body cells.  This syndrome is caused by mutations in more than a dozen genes, leading to a variety of symptoms ranging from loose joints to life-threatening complications.  Generally, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome occurs in about 1 in 5,000 people worldwide, with the most common symptom being hypermobility, or a larger range of joint movement.

What are the signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Some of the symptoms associated with EDS include the following:

What are the types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

There are six different types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome that are determined by the signs and symptoms, genetic causes and patterns of inheritance.  The six types are as follows:

What are the treatments?

The main treatments for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome focus on managing the more severe complications of the disease.  This usually requires combined treatment from specialists, pediatricians, orthopedists, dermatologist and rheumatologists.  Genetic counseling can also be completed for individuals and family members affected by EDS.  RSVP Homecare offers durable medical equipment in Cincinnati, Ohio for the treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  Our team of respiratory therapists can work with your team of specialists to determine the best treatment plan for you.  Call us today to see how we can help you treat Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.