Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a complex group of rare hereditary disorders involving connective tissues. Connective tissues support parts of the body. Examples of connective tissues are skin, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. EDS usually results in over-flexible (hypermobile) joints, over-elastic (hyperelastic) skin, and fragile tissues. There are at least six different varieties of EDS. They are classified according to how they are inherited and which structures of the body they mostly involve.
EDS is caused by defects in the genes that control the formation of connective tissue. The specific genetic defect in most types of EDS affects the production of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein. It strengthens and provides elasticity to connective tissue.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for EDS include:
Family members with EDS
The severity of EDS symptoms varies from mild to very severe and debilitating. Symptoms depend on the specific type of EDS.
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