Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

8-1-2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Drs Butz & Chovan

Keywords

hEDS, Joint Hypermobility, JH, EDS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Subject Categories

Family Practice Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disease with varying expressions and phenotypes. Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is the most prevalent subgroup within this disease category. It is estimated to make up about 80% of the total population of those with EDS (Tinkle et al., 2017). New and updated diagnostic criteria was established in 2017 for hEDS as a way to categorize the syndrome apart from other connective tissue diseases on the hypermobility spectrum of diseases. The disease expressive itself through a complex pathological process and in varying degrees and levels of severity for those who inherit it (Castori et al., 2017). Disease management is specific to the body system involved and successful treatment utilizes a multi-system, multidisciplinary approach beginning as early as childhood to decrease disease burden across the lifespan (Scheper, Nicholson, Adams, Tofts, & Pacey, 2017).

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