Why the Zebra?

In medicine, the term "zebra" is used in reference to a rare disease or condition.

 

"When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."

 

Doctors are taught to assume that the simplest explanation is usually correct to avoid patients being misdiagnosed with rare illnesses.

 

Doctors learn to expect common conditions.

 

But many medical professionals seem to forget that "zebras" DO exist and so getting a diagnosis and treatment can be more difficult for sufferers of rare conditions.

 

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is considered a rare condition and so EDS sufferers are known as medical zebras.

 

This identity has now been adopted across the world through social media to help bring our community together.  

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