EDS stands for Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes.
There are 13 subtypes of EDS.
What is EDS?
EDS or the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be inherited and are varied both in how they affect the body and in their genetic causes.
What are symptoms of EDS?
They are generally characterized by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal),skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than normal), and tissue fragility.
What are the Types of EDS?
There are 13 types of EDS according to the Ehlers-Danlos society:
Classical EDS (cEDS)
Classical-like EDS (clEDS)
Cardiac-valvular EDS (cvEDS)
Vascular EDS (vEDS)
Hypermobile EDS (hEDS) – most common
Arthrochalasia EDS (aEDS)
Dermatosparaxis EDS (dEDS)
Kyphoscoliotic EDS (kEDS)
Brittle Cornea Syndrome (BCS)
Spondylodysplastic EDS (spEDS)
Musculocontractural EDS (mcEDS)
Myopathic EDS (mEDS)
Periodontal EDS (pEDS)
What are Symptoms of EDS?
Symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- Frequent joint dislocations, sprains, or strains
- Velvety smooth skin
- Extra stretchy skin
- Easy bruising, bleeding, or scarring
- Extra bendy joints (eg. can touch thumb to forearm)
- Unusual scarring
- Unusual stretch marks
There is a fair bit of overlap between hEDS and POTS, as POTS, EDS and MCAS tend to occur in a cluster of 3.