Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS)

Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (VEDS) can be inherited from a family member or in 50% of cases can occur by a spontaneous mutation which introduces a first generation VEDS affected person into a family. People with the condition may have a wide range of features that range from spontaneous and easy bruising with little or no change in lifespan to bowel and/or arterial ruptures. Women with VEDS have the potential of a rupture of the uterus during pregnancy that may substantially shorten lifespan. Some people with VEDS have  a characteristic facial appearance, thin skin, and tissue fragility that could indicate the condition is present before there is a  major complication.

Vascular EDS is caused by mutations in COL3A1, a gene that directs the synthesis of type III collagen that is a major component of blood vessels, bowel walls, and skin. The diagnosis is generally suspected through a clinical exam because other family members are affected or because of a bowel or arterial rupture and then is confirmed by genetic testing.

  • What other names do people use for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
  • How prevalent is Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
  • What are the characteristics of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
  • What is the cause of vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

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Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

In October 2019, the Foundation launched a new VEDS division. For more information on VEDS and support services and programs specifically for the VEDS community, please visit