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This comprehensive ebook provides authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's health experts about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and heritable disorders of connective tissue (HDCT).

Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, the 21st Century Sourcebook series gives empowered patients, families, caregivers, nurses, and physicians the information they need to understand this disease. There is coverage of symptoms, diagnosis, medical testing, clinical research, drugs and potential treatments.

The problems present in the group of disorders known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) include changes in the physical properties of skin, joints, blood vessels, and other tissues such as ligaments and tendons. People with EDS have some degree of joint looseness; fragile, small blood vessels; abnormal scar formation and wound healing; and soft, velvety skin that stretches excessively but returns to normal after being pulled. Some forms can cause problems with the eyes and spine. EDS can also lead to weak internal organs, including the uterus, intestines, and large blood vessels. Mutations in several different genes are responsible for varying symptoms in the several types of EDS. In most cases, the genetic defect involves collagen, the major protein-building material of bone.

Contents: Chapter 1: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Information * Chapter 2: Genetics Home Reference Information * Chapter 3: NIAMS Background Material * Chapter 4: Clinical Trials * Guide to Leading Medical Websites - Internet Resources for Medical and Health Information

This edition includes our exclusive Guide to Leading Medical Websites with updated links to 81 of the best sites for medical information, which let you quickly check for updates from the government and the best commercial portals, news sites, reference/textbook/non-commercial portals, and health organizations.

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