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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of hereditary disorders affecting collagen structure and function. It is named after Doctors Edvard Ehlers of Denmark and Henri-Alexandre DanlosIt. Also known as Cutis hyperelastica, EDS is an inherited connective tissue disorder characterized by abnormally weak connective tissues attributed to genetic abnormalities in the body’s ability to manufacture of collagen.

Signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome include highly flexible fingers and toes; loose or unstable joints that tend to be easily sprained, dislocated, or subluxated; flat feet; chronic fatigue; non-inflammatory joint pains; vulnerability to chest and sinus infections; velvety smoth skin; fragile blood vessels; abnormal wound healing and scar formation; skin easily bruising; migraines; and insensitivity to local anesthetics.

Identified by clinical observation, EDS can be a mild to life-threatening condition. There is no known cure developed or discovered at present. The most that can be done to help a patient is supportive treatment and symptomatic therapy. Care givers are expected to closely monitor the cardiovascular system, administer physical and occupational therapy, and provide orthopedic support instruments such as braces or wheelchairs.
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