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A 18-year-old female asked:

could i have type 3 (hypermobility) ehlers danlos syndrome or hypermobility syndrome? my parents don't have eds.

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Unlikely.: Ehlers danlos is an inherited condition, so if it doesn't run in your family, it's very unlikely that you have it. If your joints are unusually flexible you may just be more limber than normal. But if you are worried about it, see your doctor and find out for sure.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Not really. Most forms are recessive so parents may not have the disease.
Jan 3, 2014
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Actually, most forms of A-D are autosomal dominant, so its presence in families is readily apparent. Only a small percentage are inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern.
May 8, 2014
Dr. Roy Arnold
Dr. Roy Arnold commented
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Agree my two EDS patients have normal parents.
Jan 13, 2015
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
See details: The difference is a matter of degree. Eds is most often a recessively inherited disorder so parents usually do not have the disease.

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