Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosed?

Genetic testing can be done for the classical, vascular, kyphoscoliosis and arthrochalasis types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). These types may also be diagnosed prenatally.

The other types of EDS are diagnosed based on a physical exam and health history. Symptoms, such as loose joints, fragile skin and a family history of EDS can help lead doctors to an accurate diagnosis.

Other tests for EDS may include:

What are the treatment options for EDS?

Since there is no cure for EDS, treatment involves managing the symptoms and preventing potential health risks in the future. This may include medications for joint pain or bracing to stabilize joints. Physical and occupational therapy can help strengthen muscles around the joints and improve quality of life.