What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

CHRISTINA MAXOURIS | November 4, 2019

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The group of disorders usually is characterized by fragile tissue and joints and skin that stretch more than they're supposed to. Patients with EDS usually have weaker or less collagen -- the tough protein that helps keep connective tissue strong and flexible, the National Organization for Rare Disorders says. What that means is their skin can often feel "velvety" or "loose" and, the organization said, that often bruises and scars easily. "People with the classical form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome experience wounds that split open with little bleeding and leave scars that widen over time to create characteristic 'cigarette paper' scars," the National Library of Medicine says. Loose joints in people with EDS also may mean frequent dislocations.

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