The Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and colonic perforation
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The Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetically determined disorder of connective tissue which is generally known for its features of fragile, hyperextensible skin, hypermobile joints, and tissue fragility. Less commonly, colorectal complications can occur, including bleeding, prolapse, and diverticulitis. A rare case of colonic perforation associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is presented. Additionally, in vitro electromyographic studies of the colonic tissue were performed which suggested a possible link between abnormal myogenic activity and the colonic perforations. The authors recommend that treatment be either a permanent colostomy or a subtotal colectomy with anastomosis to the rectum for similar cases.
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