Question: Are there any precautions to treating patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in the dental office?
Answer: Generally, persons with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can undergo routine dental procedures without difficulty. There are a few points of caution, however.
Some forms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can predispose to fragile blood vessels and appropriate bleeding observations and precautions should be in place.
Furthermore, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type X in particular is associated with a heart valve abnormality, mitral valve prolapse. Ehlers-Danlos syndromes can overlap. The standard precautions regarding mitral valve prolapse condition are advised in these patients.
Serious forms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can have poor tissue healing and difficulty with retaining sutures in place if oral surgery is needed.
Last Editorial Review: 7/7/2004
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