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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a rare incurable disease (1 in 250,000 people) and is thus difficult to diagnose. A girl had the condition for 16 years before she was diagnosed. The condition involves a collagen disorder which results in excessive flexibility of joints and fragile tissues. The skin tears easily, simple movements like rolling over in bed can result in knee dislocation. The condition is hereditary and may worse in siblings than in the parents. There have been cases of parents of children with undiagnosed Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome have been accused of child abuse. EDS can affect different parts of the body and the consequences can be lethal. Vascular EDS causes a person to have fragile blood vessels which can be deadly if a major blood vessel bursts.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
About: Excessively flexible joints may be a symptom of a rare disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Date: 23 November 2004
Source: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
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