Psychological Features in a Family affected by Hypermobile Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)

Author(s): Caroline de Percin, Malika Foy, Karelle Benistan

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a genetic disease that is hard to diagnose. The diagnosis relies solely on clinical features due to the lack of a diagnostic test. It is characterized by a high level of pain and fatigue, as well as instability of the body, affecting the quality of life. The variability and the invisibility of the symptoms have an impact on the psychological well-being and behaviour of the patients, and make the situation difficult to understand by their relatives. We report here the case of several family members affected by hEDS, showing psychological symptoms often found in hEDS patients. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, both physical and psychological, is decisive to more efficient medical and global care.

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