Classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and cardiac transplantation - Is there a connection?

Classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and cardiac transplantation - Is there a connection? World J Cardiol. 2020 Aug 26;12(8):368-372 Authors: Butler MG Abstract Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a heterogeneous group of connective tissue disorders comprised of several types. Classic EDS is an autosomal dominant disorder with stretchable skin, delayed wound healing with poor scarring, joint hypermobility with subluxations or dislocations, easy bruisability, hernias, aneurysms and cardiac abnormalities. Advances in genomics technology using next-generation sequencing has led to the discovery of causative genes for connective tissue disorders, hereditary cardiomyopathies and cardiovascular diseases including several genes for connective tissue disorders. A 55 year-old male exhibited thin stretchable skin, atrophic scars, easy bruising, joint pain and dislocations requiring multiple knee surgeries and a Beighton hyperflexibility score of 6 out of 7. He was found to have a heterozygous missense COL5A1 gene variant involving exon 3 at nucleotide c:305T>A with an amino acid position change at p.lle102Asn consistent with classic EDS. He had a heart transplant at 43 years of age due to cardiac failure of unknown cause. This patient with classic EDS is brought to medical attention and should be of interest to cardiologists, heart transplant specialists and surgeons, particularly in individuals with unexplained cardiac failure and then diagnosed prior to surgical interv...
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