Latest News

cEDS Awareness

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 7, 2017

It’s Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month!

Here’s a shout out to all those living with classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cEDS)!

It is a connective tissue disorder caused by known genes and is characterised by:
– very soft and stretchy skin which splits, tears and bruises very easily, and doesn’t heal well, often leaving wide papery scars.
– Internal organs which herniate or prolapse
– joint hypermobility in all joints (with the associated dislocations, pain and fatigue)

The joint related issues can mirror the issues found in hEDS and are treated the same way, although anything that impacts the skin may need a slightly adapted approach – for example extra soft linings for splints and trying to making sure that exercises don’t split or tear the skin.

It’s important to note that slightly fragile, stretchy skin and abdominal hernias are common in hEDS, but these issues are much more marked in cEDS.


The information provided by the HMSA should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material in this site is provided for educational and informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes in your treatment plan. Articles were last reviewed by our Medical Advisors as being correct and up to date on 5th June 2004.

Please be aware that information posted on the discussion boards is the opinion of the authors and has not necessarily been approved or endorsed by the medical advisors.