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October 1957

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Report of a Case with Onset at Age 29

Author Affiliations

(MC), U.S.A.F.

Resident, Dermatology Service. Walter Reed Army Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Col. Robert S. Higdon (MC), U. S. Army, Chief of Service).

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(4):460-462. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550220068013

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cutis hyperelastica) is characterized by an increased elasticity of the skin, hyperextensibility of the joints, and increased fragility of the skin and blood vessels, with resulting hematoma and pseudotumor formation.1 Johnson and Falls2 and Ronchese3 have published comprehensive studies of this syndrome.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, the case reported here presents two additional and as yet unreported features.

Report of Case

A 40-year-old white man was in good health prior to the age of 29, with the exception of occasional bouts of hives. At 29 he had completed three years of active duty in the United States Army, part of which was spent in the European-African theater of operations during World War II. In addition, he had been an amateur boxer for several years. At 29 he noticed that his fingers became