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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Medscape
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of genetic connective tissue disorders that affects approximately 1 in 5,000 live births, including males and females of all racial and ethnic groups. The main characteristics of EDS are skin hyperextensibility, tissue fragility, and joint hypermobility. Diagnosis of EDS is often difficult due to the complexity of symptoms and lack of specific genetic tests. However, once a diagnosis is suspected or confirmed, nurses play a vital role in assisting the patient and family to manage the disorder. This article describes EDS symptoms and genetic basis, provides suggestions for management, and reviews resources available for health care providers, families, and patients with EDS.
Sara E. Whitelaw Pediatr Nurs. 2003;29(6)
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Sara E. Whitelaw
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Added: Thu May 21 2009