Genetic Aspects of the Hypermobility Syndrome
The term hypermobility syndrome (HMS) was coined to denote the presence of rheumatic symptoms with generalised joint laxity, in the absence of any demonstrable systemic rheumatic disease (Kirk et al. 1967). Of 9275 consecutive patients attending the rheumatology clinic at Guy’s Hospital, 2% were diagnosed as suffering from HMS. Of these, 85% were female (see Chap. 6). A similar prevalence (1.7%) has been seen among 690 new referrals to a paediatric rheumatology centre (Ansell 1972).
KeywordsOsteogenesis Imperfecta Collagen Gene Marfan Syndrome Connective Tissue Disorder Mitral Valve Prolapse
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