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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2003 Dec;17(6):989-1004.

Joint hypermobility.

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Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London E11 1NR, UK.


Joint hypermobility is an area of neglect in rheumatology. That is not to say it is overlooked by rheumatologists. It is spotted when sought, but for many unfortunate patients, here the story ends. The act of recognition becomes the goal in itself rather than the medium through which effective therapy can be provided. This chapter serves to reinforce the clinical and epidemiological importance of a common disorder whose significance is under-appreciated and impact largely ignored. In contradistinction to our earlier chapter, published in 2000, which took for its remit the heritable disorders of connective tissue in general, the current one focuses on the commonly encountered (so-called benign) joint hypermobility syndrome, its recognition, epidemiology, clinical features and management according to the most recent literature.

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