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how do people inherit ehlers-danlos syndrome, vascular type?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not well known: The inheritance pattern is variable. In the more common eds type3 (hypermobility type), the inheritance is autosomal dominant meaning 50% of offspring would be expected to have it. Rarer forms like the vascular type is less predictable. If you have a parent who died of aortic dissection, you should be checked yourself with an echocardiogram.
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
Autosomal dominant: Eds vascular type or eds type IV is inherited in a autosomal dominant manner. That is any person that is affected has a 50% chance of passing on the disorder. For someone newly diagnosed, either one of their parents has the disorder (and they had a 50% chance of inheriting the gene) or that individual is a brand new genetic mutation and the first affected with a 50% of passing it to their childr.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is cystic medial necrosis associated with ehlers-danlos syndrome (eds)?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Eds is a disease of the connective tissue with several sub-types. The connective tissue layer of the arteries can be affected and this can lead to cystic medial necrosis. This is a degenerative disease of the media of the aorta and other arteries with loss of elastic tissue and muscle cells. It is a pathological substrate for aortic dissection. Not all people affected get cmn.
A 23-year-old member asked:

How common is clubfoot in ehlers-danlos syndrome?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Regular: Clubfoot can be seen in eds patients, but the incidence doesn't differ much from those individuals w/out eds. Hypermobile joints and flat feet are more common in the eds setting.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How come many patients with clinical eds diagnoses do not test positive yet have vascular issues?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
No simple test: Eds in one form (vascular eds) can cause weakness of the blood vessels. If the vessel ruptures seriousl consequences can occur. Eds causes a weakness or loss of elasticity which can lead to stretching, ballooning out and eventual rupture. Probably easiest way to diagnose is with ultrasound or ct with contrast.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm indian am I more susceptible to having vascular diseases?

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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Depends: Cardiovascular risk factors are dependent on family history, smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes/obesity. So if you have any of these risk factors then your risk is higher, the color of your skin is not as critical in determining risk compared to these risks above.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are vascular conditions a disease or a symptom of another disease?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
A disease: They occasionally can be a symptom of something else but most often they are a disease state themselves.

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