Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited tissue disorders that affect the skin and the joints. Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome stem from defects in connective tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs and tissues in the body. Symptoms can be mild, severe or life-threatening.
There is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, but there are treatments to better help manage symptoms. The typical treatment is a combination of physical therapy and medication.
Prior to 1997, there were 10 types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome categorized by Roman numerals. In 1997, the classification system of the different types of EDS became simpler and the types were given descriptive names instead.