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Marfan syndrome

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
47 years experience in Pediatrics
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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Marfans/ehler danlos: Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, tissues that strengthen bodies structures. In most cases it is inherited condition, but approx 30% o ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
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
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Congenital : Congenital condition which can cause hypermobility of joints, eye lens dislocation and aortic dissection.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Sometimes: Marfan syndrome is preventable when the adults who know they have Marfan syndrome thoughtfully choose not to have biological children (50% of their ch ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience in Pediatric Cardiology
Genetic disease: Marfan syndrome is a genetic disease affecting the "connective tissue" in the body, with effects in various organ system. True Marfan syndrome is cau ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
PFS can happen: Marfan syndrome patients can get aches and pains in many joints because of the looser ligaments trying to hold the joints together at rest and under p ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience in Clinical Genetics
Build a team: Marfan syndrome is a complex condition that requires a team of experts in genetics, ophthalmology, and cardiology to establish or exclude the diagnosi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Routh
45 years experience in Internal Medicine
Aorta Dilitation: Marfan's syndrome is a congenital abnormality which can lead to an abnormality in the lining of the aorta or problems with heart valves. The most com ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Moore
7 years experience in Family Medicine
"Ehlers–Danlos": Ehlers–danlos syndrome (also known as "cutis hyperelastica") is an inherited tissue disorder caused by a defect in the body's synthesis of collagen. C ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience in Rheumatology
No: Joint cracking and popping is not a symptom of marfan's. Marfan's syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene, responsible for a protein fibrillin which ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Long arms, fingers: Tall, thin appearance. Pigeon chest (pectus carinatum), long fingers (arachnodactyly), dilated aorta (seen on echocardiogram). Dislocated lens in the ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience in Pediatrics
Multiple : There is no single test for Marfan's Syndrome. After the clinical suspicion raised, a detailed exam with a focus on heart with EKG and Echo, imaging a ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Marfan Syndrome: A genetic defect.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Marfan syndrome: There is no cure for this disorder. Treatment can slow progression & ameliorate symptoms, such as cardiovascular (aneurysms) or connective tissue chan ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Doctors can evaluate: A person with a few of the Marfan syndrome features can see a primary care doctor and a geneticist. The geneticist specializes in diagnosing genetic d ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
No: No associaton.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience in Clinical Genetics
Several treatments!: Yes! children and adults with Marfan syndrome can have gradual widening of the aorta - the major artery connected to your heart. Sometimes the aorta b ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Probably yes: If embryos can be checked to see which ones have the Marfan syndrome mutation, then one can destroy the defective embryos and keep the other ones (alt ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Non-strenguous: Marfan syndrome persons should avoid contact sports. If symptoms are on the moderate to severe side, they can participate in non-contact, non-strenguo ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
26 years experience in Palliative Care
It is a genetic synd: It is a genetic syndrome. There's a bout a 3% chance the child will pass it on and less than a 1% chance it would occur in a sibling of this child of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience in Clinical Genetics
50% for each child: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation of the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. An affected man (or woman) has one normal and one mutant fbn1 gene in each ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience in Internal Medicine
Antiphospholipids: An autoimune disorder characterized by antibodies to certain phopholipids that predisposes to clotting problmes and pregnancy complications. A certain ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Varies by severity: People with mild Marfan syndrome symptoms probably live a pretty normal lifespan. Those with severe symptoms can die from heart valve problems, ruptur ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maulik Shah
23 years experience in Clinical Genetics
Crouzon: Crouzon craniofacial dysostosis was described by crouzon in 1912. The genetic cause was not identified until 1994 and the credit goes to a number of ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Several features: Features suggestive of Marfan syndrome include: above-average height, long arms, long fingers, flat feet, high-arched palate, narrow face, crowded te ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes: Yes it is a mutation in the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. This gene is responsible for providing the instructions for making a protien called fibrillin ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Does not appear to.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience in Internal Medicine
What do they have in: They all have abnormalities of autonomics and other nervous sytem problems.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Fishman
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
No: Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder caused by abnormal microfibrillin protein. If a parent is affected by the disorder ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not if mild features: Marfan syndrome persons can have mild or moderate symptoms, so they can look pretty normal as babies. The physical features of taller height, long arm ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
Yes and no: Prader-willi syndrome involves early low tone with later overeating and obesity since the person is never full. It is genetic, with ~70% of cases havi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Klinefelter syndrome is a group of features seen in some males with an extra x chromosome (they are xxy). A klinefelter syndrome male tends to be tall ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel McGee
15 years experience in Family Medicine
Ehlers-Danlos: The frequency of ehlers-danlos syndrome (all types) has been reported as 1 per 5000 to 1 per 10, 000 in the population. The exact prevalence and incid ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danae Steele
30 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Not inherited: Patau syndrome, or trisomy 13, is not inherited, in that a baby does not "get it" from either parent. It is usually caused when the egg does not divi ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Not Necessarily: But it is possible. A visit to the doctor with that question in mind should provide the answer.
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not needed: Cannabis or marijuana is not needed in the treatment of Marfan syndrome.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No, but. . .: Marfan synd. Doesn't skip generations, but sometimes it's mild enough that the person who seemed to have skipped the disease actually had a mild case ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No, they are : Unrelated genetic disorders.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amr Azim
Dr. Amr Azim answered
29 years experience in Fertility Medicine
It depends.: If you are a man or a woman you need genetic counseling to understand the risk of genetic transmission. To avoid this risk, ivf+preimplantation geneti ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Marfan's Syndrome: The most concerning problems with Marfan's syndrome deal with heart and aortic dilatation. Medical therapy includes medications to decrease the stres ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Very accurate: Yes you need genetic testing ( chromosomes ) to confirm Marfan Synd. Speak to the doctor and follow the advice.
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A female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
No association: Don't believe that there is any association between the two.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Monitor issues: If you haven't done so yet, you should be followed at least on occasion by someone aware of the unique health issues of Marfan patients. Surveillance ... Read More

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