Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • E-D Syndrome
  • EDS

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, classic type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, vascular type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, kyphoscoliotic type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, arthrochalasia type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, dermatosparaxis type
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, progeroid form
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, cardiac valvular form

General Discussion

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of hereditary connective tissue disorders characterized by defects of the major structural protein in the body (collagen). Collagen, a tough, fibrous protein, plays an essential role in holding together, strengthening, and providing elasticity to bodily cells and tissues. Due to defects of collagen, primary EDS symptoms and findings include abnormally flexible, loose joints (articular hypermobility) that may easily become dislocated; unusually loose, thin, stretchy (elastic) skin; and excessive fragility of the skin, blood vessels, and other bodily tissues and membranes.

The different types of EDS were originally categorized in a classification system that used Roman numerals (e.g., EDS I to EDS XI), based upon each form's associated symptoms and findings (clinical evidence) and underlying cause. A revised, simplified classification system (revised nosology) has since been described in the medical literature that categorizes EDS into six major subtypes, based upon clinical evidence, underlying biochemical defects, and mode of inheritance.

Each subtype of EDS is a distinct hereditary disorder that may affect individuals within certain families (kindreds). In other words, parents with one subtype of EDS will not have children with another EDS subtype. Depending upon the specific subtype present, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is usually transmitted as an autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive trait.

Resources

Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation (EDNF)
3200 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1601
South Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90010
USA
Tel: (213)368-3800
Fax: (213)427-0057
Tel: (800)956-2902
Email: staff@ednf.org
Internet: http://www.ednf.org

NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
TDD: (301)565-2966
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info

Ehlers-Danlos Support Group UK
PO Box 337
Aldershot
Surrey, Intl GU12 6WZ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 01252 690 940
Email: director@ehlers-danlos.org
Internet: http://www.ehlers-danlos.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Sjældne Diagnoser / Rare Disorders Denmark
Frederiksholms Kanal 2, 3rd Floor
Copenhagen K, 1220
Denmark
Tel: 45 33 14 00 10
Fax: 45 33 14 55 09
Email: mail@sjaeldnediagnoser
Internet: http://www.raredisorders.dk

Ehlers Danlos Foundation of New Zealand
368 Butler Road, RD 3
Waipawa 4273
Hawkes Bay,
New Zealand
Tel: 64-06 874-7799
Fax: 64-06 874-7799
Email: flopsy@ihug.co.nz
Internet: http://www.edfnz.org.nz

EDS Today
6545 Lake Drive
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
USA
Tel: (609)625-3182
Email: info@edstoday.org
Internet: http://www.edstoday.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

European Skeletal Dysplasia Network (ESDN)
Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research
Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Manchester
Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PT
UK
Tel: 44 161 275 5642
Fax: 44 161 275 5082
Email: info@esdn.org
Internet: http://www.esdn.org

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