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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited disorders that weaken connective tissues. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provide strength and elasticity to the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs.
There are several types of EDS. They can range from mild to life-threatening. About 1 in 5,000 people has EDS.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Overly flexible, loose joints
- Joint pain and dislocations
- Soft, velvety, stretchy skin that bruises easily
- Abnormal scar formation and wound healing
A more severe form of the disorder, called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can cause the walls of your blood vessels, intestines, or uterus to rupture.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Treatments
There is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Treatment involves managing symptoms, often with medicines and physical therapy, as well as taking measures to protect joints and prevent injuries. Common treatment options include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Blood pressure medications
- Physical therapy
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Treatment?
The physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pain Management are experts in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Our team of pain management experts use the latest research, the most advanced equipment, and innovative therapies to diagnose pain and develop customized pain management plans for each patient. We work closely with a broad team of specialists to provide the highest quality care.
Weill Cornell Medicine also offers clinical trials, giving patients access to treatments that may not be widely available. Learn more about Pain Management's current clinical trials.
Contact us today to learn more about the ways we treat Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.