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Accommodation Ideas for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects connective tissues and results in flexible joints, elastic skin, and fragile tissues (Genetics Home Reference, 2006). There are several variations of the syndrome with each affecting a different gene and producing different signs and symptoms. Joint hypermobility is the dominant clinical manifestation. Some types of EDS are characterized by weaknesses in the walls of the hollow organs of the gastrointestinal tract, in the esophagus, the cardiovascular system, uterus, bladder, blood vessels, and the arteries (Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, 2015).

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can alter the body's response to injury. Complications such as joint dislocations, early-onset arthritis, and damaged skin can result (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Although there is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, injuries can be treated and preventative measure can be taken to mitigate chances of injury. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a lifelong condition and for those working, accommodations may be needed.

Accommodation ideas for individuals with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

References:

Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation (2015). Learn about EDS. Retrieved May 27, 2015, from http://www.ednf.org/what-eds

Genetics Home Reference (2006). Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Retrieved May 27, 2015, from http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ehlers-danlos-syndrome

Mayo Clinic (2015). Diseases and conditions: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Retrieved May 27, 2015, from ttp://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ehlers-danlos-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20033656

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