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The Ehlers-Danlos-Syndromes are a group of inherited connective tissue disorders. Connective tissue is the most abundant tissue in the body. Many organs are affected by defective connective tissue. This makes the diagnosis and treatment difficult. The first steps are usually a screening for hypermobility with a Beighton Score test and a thorough family history of pain, fatigue, and weak tissues or tissue ruptures.

15 types of Ehlers-Danlos-Syndrome have so far been linked to genetic mutations. The most common type of Ehlers-Danlos-Syndrome, hypermobile EDS has not yet been linked to a genetic mutation.

About 25,000 people in Illinois live with EDS/HSD.

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