Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Be Reversed?

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 11:44 AM

Question: Do you have any helpful information on how to reverse the effects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
There is no known cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), and no treatment known to reverse its effects. This is actually a group of rare genetic disorders that weaken connective tissue, especially skin, joints, and blood vessel walls by virtue of a defect in collagen synthesis.
There are several types of EDS that can range from mild to life-threatening. Treatment is limited to managing symptoms which may include loose joints with early onset degenerative changes, fragile blood vessels with rupture, and aneurism formation, cardiac valve abnormalities, abnormal wound healing and scar formation, skin that is stretchy and easily bruised, and definitive genetic counseling.
Pregnancy can be life-threatening for many of these patients, so correct classification and genetic counseling is mandatory.

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