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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Musculoskeletal

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of genetic disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues that support the bones, joints, blood vessels, organs, and tissues. The primary type of Ehlers-Danlos is known as joint hypermobility syndrome or JHS. Hypermobility means the joints move farther and more easily than most people’s joints. Hypermobile people can often do tricks that look like contortion and hypermobility and are often valued in gymnasts and dancers. Sometimes, these people have chronic joint injuries due to hypermobility and may even have joint dislocations or popping out of the socket. Hypermobile type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome occurs in 1 in 5,000 people worldwide, but there are rarer types of Ehlers-Danlos that occur in 1 in 40,000 people. Rarer types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome may show signs and symptoms that include soft-velvety skin, bruising easily, and bleeding problems.

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