What are common complications or side effects of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
The complications of some types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can be life-threatening. Some types, including vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can cause blood vessels to rupture (tear). When this happens, it can lead to dangerous internal bleeding and stroke.
People with these types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome also have a higher risk of organ rupture. Most commonly, the intestines or a pregnant woman's uterus may tear.
The complications of other kinds of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome depend on the type. These complications can include:
- Problems with the valves that push blood through the heart
- Severe spine curvature
- Thinning of corneas in the eyes
- Bowed (curved) limbs
- Defects of the teeth and gums
How can people best live with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
Doctors can help you manage symptoms with physical therapy and, if needed, pain management. Monitoring Ehlers-Danlos syndrome through regular doctor visits is the best way to ensure the condition does not stand in the way of enjoying a healthy life.