09 May 2013

Arthroblog No 1 - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Amber and Rachael both have EDS

Meet the two men whose names are attached to this syndrome (= things that run together). Edvard Lauritz Ehlers [1863-1937] was a Danish-born dermatologist who presented a patient with lax skin to the Paris Society of Syphilology and Dermatology in 1899. In 1908, Henri-Alexandre Danlos [1844-1932] drew attention to the extensibility and fragility of the skin. In 1936 Frederick Parkes-Weber [1863-1962], an English dermatologist, recommended that this group of rare genetically-determined disorders of collagen formation be known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Rachael and her Mum
In Russia, the disorder carries the name Chernogubow Syndrome, after Alexandr Nicolaevich Chernogubow. In 1892 he presented two cases to the Moscow Dermatological and Venereologic Society.
EDS is best known for loose-jointedness, hyperextensile skin and easy bruising, but there are many other ramifications, including frequent joint dislocations and chronic Pain. Six types of the disorder have been identified. 

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