Successful pregnancy outcome in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vascular type

Maria Palmquist, John G. Pappas, Boris Petrikovsky, Karin Blakemore, Daniel Roshan

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Background.Ehlers-Danlos syndrome EDS is a rare connective tissue disorder characterized by tissue fragility, translucent skin and joint hypermobility. Patients with the vascular type of EDS are prone to spontaneous arterial and visceral rupture. Pregnancy for women with vascular EDS can be life-threatening. Mortality rates are high due to the increased risk for uterine and arterial rupture in the peripartum period. Case.We describe the counseling, multidisciplinary management, protocol, and successful pregnancy outcome of a 32-year-old woman with vascular EDS. Conclusion.There is no consensus in the literature on the timing and mode of delivery for pregnant women with vascular EDS. The management undertaken in our patient may assist others in optimizing the perinatal outcome in other women who elect to continue their pregnancy despite the risks of this severe medical condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-927
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • EDS type IV
  • Pregnancy management
  • Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome


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