SOME CHIARIANS ALSO HAVE ... Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Fri, 02/15/2013

Every Friday, the ICA Newsroom posts an article to a series called "SOME CHIARIANS ALSO HAVE ... " Today, we look at Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome:

EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME (EDS) (ey-lerz dan-los) 

This genetic disorder is named after Dr. Edvard Ehlers (from Denmark) and Dr. Henri-Alexandre Danlos (from France), who both identified it in the early 1900s. 

EDS sufferers have a defect that weakens connective tissues, which are proteins that support skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs. 

There are six major types of EDS and they range from mild to life-threatening. One of the most common types is Classical, where sufferers have stretchy skin, widened atrophic scars and joint hypermobility. There is no cure. Treatment involves managing the symptoms. 

One in 5,000 people have EDS, which affects both males and females of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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