Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) isthe name for a group of rare inherited conditions that affectconnective tissue.

Connective tissues provide support in skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs and bones.

There are several different types of EDS that may share some symptoms, including:

  • an increased range of joint movement ( Joint hypermobility )
  • stretchy skin
  • fragile skin that breaks or bruises easily

The different types of EDS are caused by faults in certain genes that make connective tissue weaker. Depending on the type of EDS, the faulty gene may have been inherited from one parent, or both parents.

Sometimes the faulty gene isnt inherited, but occurs in the person for the first time.

EDS can affect people in different ways. For some the condition is relatively mild, while for others their symptoms can be disabling. Some of the rare severe types can be life-threatening.

This pages covers:

Main types of EDS

Getting medical advice

Living with EDS

How EDS is inherited

Information about you

Links to more information

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 24 Nov 2016