What is Ehlers-Danlos type 2?

Disease definition. A rare systemic disease characterized by generalized joint hypermobility with recurrent joint dislocations, redundant and hyperextensible skin with poor wound healing and abnormal scarring, easy bruising, and osteopenia/osteoporosis.

Is Ehlers-Danlos considered a rare disease?

The overall prevalence of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), is considered to be 1 in 5000 (Pyeritz, 2000) which is considered to be rare around the world.

Who is most likely to get Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Most are rare e.g., 1 in 40,000 – 200,000 and some are ultrarare i.e., less than 1 in a million people. Individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are affected by EDS which can present with complications from birth and progress over time.

At what age is EDS diagnosed?

My geneticist told me that it often takes an average of 10 to 20 years to receive a diagnosis of EDS, with many people not receiving an accurate diagnosis until well into their 40s. As with many medical conditions, EDS disproportionately impacts women.

How painful is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome tends to result in chronic pain and discomfort, often in the joints, muscles, or nerves. It can also cause stomach problems and headaches. Medication can be a crucial part of a pain management strategy for many people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Can I get disability for EDS?

If you have EDS and are unable to work because of severe symptoms from it, you may be eligible for disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What is the life expectancy of someone with Ehlers Danlos?

Patients with the classical and hypermobility forms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome have a normal life expectancy. About 80% of patients with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome will experience a major health event by age 40 and the life expectancy is shortened, with an average age of death of 48 years .

What does Ehlers Danlos Syndrome look like?

People who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type, often share distinctive facial features of a thin nose, thin upper lip, small earlobes and prominent eyes. They also have thin, translucent skin that bruises very easily.

Does Ehlers Danlos syndrome affect your mouth?

The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes can have a significant impact upon oral health and mouth function; however the majority of patients will probably only be liable to the common disorders of the teeth and gums.

What is hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers Danlos syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type is a connective tissue disorder that mostly affects the bones and joints. People with this condition have loose joints and frequently have long-term joint pain. What other names do people use for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type?