Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)?
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited disorders that affect the connective tissues. mostly of the skin, joints and walls of the blood vessels. The structure, production or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen is defective. Collagen is an important contributor to the physical strength of skin, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and viceral organs. These structures become more elastic when collagen is abnormal.
Symptoms : Musculoskeletal symptoms:
Overly flexible joints
Early onset of advanced osteoarthritis
Swan neck deformity or Boutonniere deformity of fingers
Tearing of tendon muscles
Spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, tethered spinal cord syndrome
Stretchy skin which feels soft and velvety
Fragile skin which does not heal well in case of wound
Redundant skin folds
Fatty lumps which are harmless growths at pressure points around the knees or elbows, called Molluscoid pseudotumors
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