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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) - Causes& Treatment of Ehler Danlos Disease

Treatment of type 3 and type 4 Ehler Danlos

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) concerns a set of abnormal physical conditions which are characterized by skin bruises that take place easily, abnormally flexible joint movements due to very loose joints, extremely stretchy skin that is soft and almost velvety to touch and extreme powerlessness of muscles and tissues. It's a rare disorder and is caused due to inherited genetic abnormalities. The syndrome is known to affect both humans and animals. Due to the defective gene the body is unable to manufacture the required amount of collagen needed to connect bodily tissues.

The syndrome is categorized into six different types that all share the one common factor of the lack of collagen. Although the signs and symptoms may vary from one major type to another, their symptoms show their likelihood of how mild or life threatening the disease can get. Unfortunately there is no known cure to reverse or heal this syndrome, however there have been therapies that are formed to treat the symptoms and manage the individual and control the disease to a certain extent.

The six different types of the syndrome are Hypermobility, Classical, Vascular, Kyphoscoliosis, Dermatosparaxis and Arthrochalasia. There are also other subtypes that are simply named as type V, type, VII, type IX, type X and XI and type X. These subtypes are even rarer and they are caused by a numerous range of even further genetic alterations and complications. Collagen is an extremely important protein of the tissue. It is because of collagen that strength and elasticity functions in a proper manner among normal people.  There are various tests taken to screen and diagnose Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in an individual. These tests range from urine, genetic, skin biopsies, heart ultrasound and sometime diagnostic tests carried out amongst those who are preparing to start a family. Prenatal tests help to identify if a genetic mutation is seen in any family member and to determine the chances of the mother carrying the genetic mutation or passing it to the child.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome does not affect the metal ability of the individual. Those affected may have limited opportunities to certain physical activity but on the whole the severity and complications of the syndrome will help determine the quality of life that the individual will lead. There is however chronic pain experienced by those suffering from the syndrome. The pain affects the joints and with the help of pain relievers and physiotherapy, it is possible to strengthen the joints and muscles.