Diagnosis of Hypermobility / Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, The Beighton Score
Resources mentioned in this episode are listed and linked here.
hEDS Diagnostic Checklist:
Beighton Score / Assessing Joint Hypermobility pictures and video:
The 5-Part Questionnaire for Hypermobility (Hakim and Grahame, 2003):
Can you now [or could you ever] place your hands flat on the floor without bending your knees?
Can you now [or could you ever] bend your thumb to touch your forearm?
As a child, did you amuse your friends by contorting your body into strange shapes or could you do the splits?
As a child or teenager, did your kneecap or shoulder dislocate on more than one occasion?
Do you consider yourself “double-jointed”?
Zebras in Medicine and Research:
Dr. Sharon Meglathery, MD physician’s website on her RCCX Theory:
Dr. Emily Casanova, PhD Neuroscientist and biological scientist with a primary focus on the inherited connective tissue disorders and autism
Dr. Sabeeha Malek is both an EDS patient and UK PhD researcher in the field:
Dr. Malek is part of hEDS Together: https://hedstogether.com/our-team/ which has a great website to use as another resource.
You can find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sabeehamalek
Dr. Emma Reinhold, the UK general practitioner that spearheaded the previously referenced GP Toolkit project
Dr. Cortney Gensemer, PhD involved in the hEDS genetic research at Norrish Lab, USC:
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Rob Naish and Mike Cadogan, "Beighton Score," In: LITFL - Life in the FastLane, Accessed on September 29, 2022, https://litfl.com/beighton-score/.
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From Ross J, Grahame R. Joint hypermobility syndrome BMJ 2011; 342 :c7167 doi:10.1136/bmj.c7167 <https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7167.full>
Malek, S., Reinhold, E.J. & Pearce, G.S. The Beighton Score as a measure of generalised joint hypermobility. Rheumatol Int 41, 1707–1716 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-021-04832-4
Malek S and Köster DV (2021) The Role of Cell Adhesion and Cytoskeleton Dynamics in the Pathogenesis of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Front. Cell Dev. Biol. 9:649082. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.649082
Article ‘Is the Beighton Score for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Really Valid or Just BS?”
Posted by Nick Ng, BA, CMT, Sep 25, 2021
EDS News article on GAP Research: