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Does being very tall mean you have marfan syndrome

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not Necessarily: But it is possible. A visit to the doctor with that question in mind should provide the answer.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
NO,but you could: Marfan is a fairly common fenetic disorder characterized not only by tall stature but also by eye problems, cardiac problems and orthopedic problems.U... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Usually tall & thin.: Most universities that recruit such a person because they are tall & good players, the usually test 4 marfans B4 signing them.tall thin women have... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No,: Marfan's is diagnosed using major and minor criteria: major (enlarged aorta/ tear, dislocation of lens of the eye, specific skeletal abnormalities, du... Read More
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
No: Many people who have marfan's have scoliosis, but not many people with scoliosis have marfan's (because scoliosis is way more common than marfan's).
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neeta Jain
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Marian syndrome: There is a genetic test for marfan's syndrome. If there is a concern, ask your doctor to order it.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
possibly: Possibly, but there are several forms. Evaluation of vascular health would be reasonable.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Genetic disorder: Of connective tissue that affects many bodily systems.The national Marfan foundation has a very nice website that will answer any questions you have a... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Genetic mutation: Marfan syndrome is caused by a gene mutation (in the fbn1 gene). A mutation leads to defective, weakened connective tissue throughout the body. Sympto... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Congenital : Congenital condition which can cause hypermobility of joints, eye lens dislocation and aortic dissection.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Marfan syndrome: affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. Marfan syndrome has no cure, but doctors can provide sympt... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Connective tissue : Marfan is an inherited disorder of connective tissue. Which affects musculoskeletal system, blood vessels heart and eyes. People with Marfan are thin... Read More

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