Ehlers-Danlos VIIC (Dermatosparaxis)

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of rare hereditary disorders in which the body cannot properly produce collagen, which plays an essential role in holding together, strengthening, and providing elasticity to cells and tissues. EDS symptoms include overly flexible, loose joints and soft, fragile skin. Blood vessels and other tissues and membranes can be affected.

There are six different types of EDS identified, each linked to different gene mutations and each with varying clinical manifestations. EDS Type VIIC is now referred to as Dermatosparaxis. Symptoms vary among individuals. People with most types of EDS have a normal lifespan with monitoring and management.

The above information was compiled from various sources including the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation and the National Organization for Rare Disorders.  To find a genetic counselor in your area visit