- Team approach. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects many different body systems, so it's important to have different specialists involved in your care. At Mayo Clinic, you'll be evaluated by a team of specialists who will work together to ensure you receive the right treatment for your type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The team may include specialists in medical genetics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedics, dermatology, and neurology — as well as vascular, cardiovascular, neurologic and pediatric surgeons, if necessary.
- Long-term management. Our goal at Mayo Clinic is to establish a long-term management plan for people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, doctors formulate an individualized plan for you, with regularly scheduled follow-up to try to achieve the best long-term outcomes.
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can be categorized into six major types. Most types affect the joints and skin; the vascular type affects the blood vessels and internal organs. Your type is classified according to your signs and symptoms.
- Skin can stretch beyond normal range (hyperextensibility)
- Widened thin scars
- Joint flexibility (hypermobility)
- Generalized joint hypermobility
- Stretchy skin
- Smooth or velvety skin
- Fragile arteries, intestines or uterus subject to sudden rupturing
- Thin, translucent skin
- Easy bruising
- Characteristic facial features
- Joint looseness
- Severe muscle weakness (hypotonia)
- Curving of the spine (scoliosis)
- Fragile white part (sclera) of eye
- Hip dislocation from birth (congenital)
- Severe joint hypermobility with dislocations
- Severe skin fragility
- Soft, doughy and saggy skin
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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.
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