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January 1984

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Simulating Child Abuse

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Child Psychiatry (Dr Owen) and Dermatology (Dr Durst), the Department of Internal Medicine, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. Dr Owen is currently affiliated with the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, White Plains.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(1):97-101. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650370103020

• We report an unusual insight into the impact of an inherited skin disorder on persons and their families through a child abuse evaluation that was concluded by the diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) in a 6-year-old girl. To our knowledge, no similar case has been reported in the literature, although other such cases of confusion in diagnosis have been confirmed.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:97-101)