This page and topic are currently somewhat controversial, and have been ever since the inception (invention) of the
Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders in 2017 by those claiming the power to decide these things.
These powers chose a stereotyped and limited subset of criteria and signs to come up with
the diagnostic criteria for hypermobile type EDS (hEDS) designed to support research into the underlying gene or genes, rather than to aid patient care and quality of life. hEDS is considered the most common type of EDS by far, but prevalence rates are disputed as more robust epidemiology is lacking. See the rest of the iceberg!
current (as of May 2023) hEDS diagnostic criteria skew toward thinner white bodies with more apparent Marfanoid habitus. They are also biased toward people who do not have additional auto-immune diseases (which we frequently do), as this added condition is then literally held against the patient, dismissing their recurrent joint dislocations or frank instability (Feature C, Criterion 2) in Criterion 3.
And they further discriminate by requiring patients to have biological family available to help make the diagnosis in those with co-occurring autoimmune diseases. Not everyone has access to their families of origin, either because they were adopted, abused or abandoned, and some may never. Nor are all biological families cooperative.
There really is no clean, clear distinction between hEDS and HSD yet. HSD has truly just been the newest “catch-all bin”, or diagnosis of exclusion – to hEDS. Which itself was a prior catch-all bin or diagnosis of exclusion of all other forms of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and similar Connective Tissue Diseases/Disorders (CTDs) like Marfan Syndrome, Stickler Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. These all share similar issues of hypermobility and weak connective tissues and many attendant issues (sequellae, or knock-on effects of weak tissues), but from different underlying molecular causes than ascribed to the forms of EDS. In other words, you are supposed to thoroughly rule out not just all other rare forms of EDS (of which there are now 13 official, and 14 unofficial and counting), but also all other similar appearing CTDs (as mentioned above) in order to diagnose hypermobile type EDS. (Not always done.)
But if you run the hypermobile EDS criteria checklist, and someone doesn’t quite pass despite having many signs and suffering (else why are they at a doctor’s office), and you have thoroughly ruled out all other possibilities mentioned above, and they still have pain and issues with their tissues and signs not caused by an autoimmune disease, then, you can diagnose someone with a form of the Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders as a final resort.
There are no actual criteria for the HSDs yet though
this is under discussion again in 2023. Nor is there an ICD-10 code yet.
The following are articles that either help describe, diagnose or recognize or define either hypermobile type EDS (hEDS) or the Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. As well as describe how they differ, or if they really do. And will include the latest research into hEDS and or HSD.
The RCCX Theory (yes, technically a hypothesis yet) on a possible genetic complex behind hEDS/HSD. (I gave this its own page as its such a complex topic that has no bench research backing it yet either.) Updated June 8, 2023 Hypotheses on causes of hEDS or HSD and how they may differ or not
Folate-Dependent Hypermobility: Researchers at Tulane’s EDS Clinic Look Into New Possible Mechanism For Hypermobile EDS via EDS Awareness May 2023 (Here is the Tulane paper itself.)
Are patients with hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome or hypermobility spectrum disorder so different? 2021 Aubry-Rozier, Schwitzguebel, Valerio et al
The Role of Cell Adhesion and Cytoskeleton Dynamics in the Pathogenesis of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders 2021 Malek, Koster
Hypermobile Ehlers‐Danlos syndromes: Complex phenotypes, challenging diagnoses, and poorly understood causes 2020 Cortney Gensemer Randall Burks Steven Kautz Daniel P. Judge Mark Lavallee Russell A. Norris
RNA-Seq of Dermal Fibroblasts from Patients with Hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Supports Their Categorization as a Single Entity with Involvement of Extracellular Matrix Degrading and Proinflammatory Pathomechanisms December 2022 Ritelli, Chiarelli, Cinquina et al Dec 2022 Mec
hanobiology in the Comorbidities of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome April 25, 2022 Shaina P.Royer and Sangyoon J. Han Some cases of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome may be
rooted in mast cell activations syndrome 2021 Afrin, Lawrence, B MD MUSC researchers announce
gene mutation study linked to EDS 2021
Matrix Metalloproteinases Inhibition by Doxycycline Rescues Extracellular Matrix Organization and Partly Reverts Myofibroblast Differentiation in Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Dermal Fibroblasts: A Potential Therapeutic Target? 2021 Chiarelli, Zoppi, Venturini et al
Fibromyalgia – an unrecognized Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobile Type? (in French) 2013
Dermal fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transition sustained by αvß3 integrin-ILK-Snail1/Slug signaling is a common feature for hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders 2018 Nicoletta Zoppi, Nicola Chiarelli, Silvia Binetti, Marco Ritelli, Marina Colombi
Human Mast Cell beta-Tryptase Is a Gelatinase 2003 Fajardo and Pejler Discussions of Prevalence of hEDS or HSD
2019 Joanne C Demmler, Mark D Atkinson, Emma J Reinhold, Ernest Choy, Ronan A Lyons, Sinead T Brophy Diagnosed prevalence of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorder in Wales, UK: a national electronic cohort study and case–control comparison
2017 Brad Tinkle, Marco Castori, Britta Berglund, Helen Cohen, Rodney Grahame, Hanadi Kazkaz and Howard Levy Hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (a.k.a. Ehlers–Danlos syndrome Type III and Ehlers–Danlos syndrome hypermobility type): Clinical description and natural history (pages 48–69)
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility type: A Much Neglected Multi-Systemic Disorder Gazit, Jacob & Grahame 2016 Rambam
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an Hereditary, Frequent and Disabling Disease, Victim of Iatrogenia due to Widespread Ignorance Harmonet 2015
The Lack of Clinical Distinction Between the Hypermobility Type of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (a.k.a. Hypermobility Syndrome) Tinkle, Bird et al American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 149A(11):2368-70 · November 2009 (Also available as an article on p 17 of Autumn 2010 EDNF Loose Connections )