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What Are The Manifestations Associated With Eds
EDS: Excessive daytime sleepiness is exactly that. People typically will be tired during the day, fall asleep easily during activities that they should not falls asleep and may have a hard time staying awake while driving. It is also the diagnosis we typically use for patients so that they can qualify for a sleep study when we have concerns about sleep apnea. Sleep studies can be $2-4k tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Genetic: The only common form of eds is type iii. This is because afflicted individuals rarely reach childhood; and, certainly not adulthood. Eds iii is an autosomally dominant gene which means that 50% of children of the affected person will have the disease; or each child has a 50% risk of developing the disease. ...Read more
Depends: Ehlers danlos is a family of disorders, which has 6 major and several minor types. Given the multiple genes involved, it can be inherited in both autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive patterns, and can even spring from a de novo mutation. Penetrance depends on the type of mutation, and can therefore not be reliably calculated without more information. ...Read more
Yes: Generally, these are wonderful gymnasts, ballerinas and people who easily dislocate their joints to perform some pretty amazing feats, such as escaping from a strait jacket. However, the price is very high for those who use their flexibilty. They have to retire early from the severe form of premature osteoarthritis that they develop. ...Read more
Yes: Ed becomes more common with increasing age. However, other factors play a role and are certainly more controllable. Not smoking, and controlling blood sugars and blood pressure will help symptoms of ed. Also, exercising will increase blood flow and decrease symptoms of ed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: There are several subsets of eds as well as a condition known as benign hyper mobility syndrome. Most individuals with eds have relatively mild disease and can expect a normal life span. ...Read more
Tends to be "mild": Most cases and types of eds have fragile skin and joint dislocation as the worst consequenses. However the vascular type can be devestating with spontaneously rupturing blood vessels in multiple organs causing bleeding or bowel rupture. Eds can be confirmed by genetic testing and typed by skin biopsy. ...Read more
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