Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (also called cutis elastic or EDS) is a group of genetic disorders affecting the connective tissues of the body — especially the skin, joints, and the walls of blood vessels.

Symptoms of EDS include loose joints; fragile, small blood vessels; abnormal scarring and wound healing; and soft, very elastic skin with a tendency toward bruising.

There are several types of EDS, from mild to life-threatening. About 1 in 5,000 people has this condition, for which there is no cure.

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