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Can you explain why there are crossovers (overlaps) among the different types of eds?

Can you explain why there are crossovers (overlaps) among the different types of eds?

Complicated : There are a number of types of eds and they are slightly diiferent diseases based on their individual genetic abnormalities. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Definition)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a medical condition characterized by hypermobile joints, very elastic or stretchy skin that bruises easily, and other abnormalities. It is caused by defects in collagen, an important structural protein that is responsible for the strength of many different types of tissue including skin, ...Read more


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What are the types of eds?

What are the types of eds?

EDS types : Ehler danlos syndrome is a disorder of elastic fibers -----genetically based and many sub types have been identified. ...Read more

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Can you explain why there are "crossovers" of characteristics among the different types of eds?

Can you explain why there are "crossovers" of characteristics among the different types of eds?

Collagen: Eds has many different types. In most of its forms, the defect involves some aspect of collagen. Collagen is one of the basic building blocks of connective tissue which is found in all organs, joints and blood vessels. Depending on the exact type of genetic defect, and becasue collagen is found everywhere, there is cross-over in the types of eds with similar manifestations. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people with eds type 4 (vascular) to live normal lives?

Is it possible for people with eds type 4 (vascular) to live normal lives?

Very difficult: True Ehler-Danlos type 4 is characterized by facial changes, translucent skin through which vessels can be seen , easy bruising, and uterine and cardiac problems related to medium and large artery damage. Each event is treatable to some degree, pregnancy is advised against, and some problems require emergency treatment. It is autosomal dominant. With good care one may live long but not normally. ...Read more

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Are there any base-line protocols for testing that are recommended for all types of eds?

Are there any base-line protocols for testing that are recommended for all types of eds?

Yes.: Both clinical exam and genetic testing needed.. A good pediatrician or geneticist are most likely to diagnose this, since presentation is early. I personally would see a geneticist if this diagnosis is in question. The hypermobility of joints leads to accelerated arthritis, ie. Osteoarthritis, and sprains. ...Read more

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What types of eds are associated with pain and/or chronic pain?

What types of eds are associated with pain and/or chronic pain?

? Ehlers-Danlos Syn.: The most common pain associated with eds comes from the fact that the connective tissue supporting the joints becomes lax and allows chronic joint dislocations. These people frequently notice they are "double-jointed" but later experience the chronic dislocations. A more serious kind involves blood vessels where they can spontaneously rupture. Eds can also be a limited to the skin. ...Read more

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Is hypermobility syndrome different from the EDS hypermobility type? is so, how?

Is hypermobility syndrome different from the EDS hypermobility type? is so, how?

Hyper mobility: Yes there is a large difference as hyper mobile joints is just about flexibility where EDS is a genetic problem of connective tissue so involves several organs. ...Read more

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In EDS: Are cigarette-paper-scar only typical of classic type or can you also have them with hypermobility type?

Not w/ hypermobility: Hypermobility or being "double-jointed" is very common in the population and is not itself associated with the cigarette-paper scars seen in EDS.However, many people with EDS have the most extreme cases of hypermobility. There are no particular mutations in collagen genes in people with common hypermobility but there are such mutations with EDS. Joint hypermobility can be a cause of joint pain. ...Read more