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Learning more about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Aug 16, 2016 | Failure to Diagnose

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetic condition that impacts how the body processes collagen. Collagen makes up about 30 percent of the human body, which means symptoms of the syndrome may be felt in multiple places. However, it is often difficult for patients in New York and elsewhere to be diagnosed with the condition because its symptoms may be seen as localized issues. For example, knee pain may be diagnosed as tendinitis while a shoulder issue may be seen as bursitis.

However, in those with EDS, shoulder or knee pain may not heal with time or other treatment. In some cases, physical therapy or other traditional treatment options may make the condition worse. Those who experience long-term pain may have a condition called EDS hypermobility. While data indicates that one in every 2,000 to 5,000 people have EDS hypermobility, researchers believe that it may be more common.

Specifically, some believe that it may impact one out of every 500 to 1,000 people. However, it may be a spectrum disorder where the severity of symptoms may be different for each patient. This may explain why those with EDS are commonly diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Patients may also be diagnosed with depression, and in some cases, doctors say that a diagnosis of EDS has actually made patients cry with joy because they finally have an answer.

Patients who have received a delayed diagnosis may have spent thousands and thousands of dollars for unnecessary medical care and treatment, in addition to their pain and suffering. A medical malpractice attorney can review a patient’s medical charts and consult with experts in order to determine whether the wrong diagnosis constituted a breach of the duty of care owed by the practitioner to the patient..