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What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: A group of inherited connective tissue disorders primarily involving the joints and skin. There are 11 disorders in the group.
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: A heterogeneous group of inherited COLLAGEN DISEASES. The most common manifestations of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are hyperextensible skin and joints, skin fragility and reduced wound healing capability.
    Source - Diseases Database

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or a subtype of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: Introduction

Types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

Broader types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

How many people get Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Prevalance of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: estimated 1 per 250,000 people suffer from the vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Genetics Home Reference website
Prevalance Rate of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: approx 1 in 250,000 or 0.00% or 1,087 people in USA [about data]

How serious is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

What causes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Causes of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see causes of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Causes of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: Mutations in several different genes are responsible for different symptoms in the several types of EDS. In most cases, the genetic defect involves collagen, the major protein-building material of bone. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers about Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue: NIAMS)

What are the symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Can anyone else get Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Contagion of genetic conditions: generally not; see details in contagion of genetic diseases.

Inheritance of genetic conditions: see details in inheritance of genetic diseases.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: Testing

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see treatments for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Research for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: see research for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Organs Affected by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Main name of condition: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Class of Condition for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: genetic

Other names or spellings for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

EDS, Arthrochalasia multiplex congenita, cutis hyperelastica, India rubber skin, Meekeren-Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Van Meekeren I syndrome, Ehlers Danlos disease, ED syndrome

Cutis hyperelastica Source - Diseases Database

ED syndrome, EDS, ED syndrome
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:


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