Diagnosing EDS in children
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissues in the body. Symptoms can vary widely, but often include joint flexibility, chronic pain, muscle weakness, stretchy skin and easy bruising. Additional symptoms are broad and can include dizziness, fatigue, upset stomach, nausea, constipation, and headaches. Often, mental and physical symptoms may worsen with stress or illness. This may cause children to withdraw from their favorite activities.
EDS can be difficult to identify due to the variety of symptoms across many different systems of the body. The Children’s Mercy EDS Clinic team has extensive experience in helping families with evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plans for this complex condition.