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question about perhaps chromosomal disorder: what symptoms come with marfan's syndrome?

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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Tall with armspan: Greater than height, ectopic lens, dilated aorta and many other subtle problems, common in kentucky.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

My doc said I have marfan's disease, what can I do now?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Get confirmation: If a primary care doctor tells a person he has Marfan syndrome, the person should see a geneticist to confirm the diagnosis. If confirmed, he can get more information from the national Marfan foundation website. He should also see specialists, such as a cardiologist to check the heart and aorta, an ophthalmologist to check the eyes, etc... He can notify his relatives to check their aortas, etc...
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How would I know know if I have marfan's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Having the features: Features suggestive of Marfan syndrome include: above-average height, long arms, long fingers, flat feet, high-arched palate, narrow face, crowded teeth, small lower jaw, pectus carinatum (pigeon chest), pectus excavatum (sunken chest), hunchback (hunchback), scoliosis (crooked back), hypermobile/hyperflexible joints, etc... A person with several of these features can see a doctor for evaluation.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is marfan's syndrome asociated with a shortened life span?

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Dr. Steven Rosner
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: Marfan's syndrome patients die from complications of aortic valve widening. If this is treated with inderal, (propranolol) progression is slower and patients live longer. In addition, if heart valve surgey is performed electivelly patients live longer. Untrated patients have a life span of 32 years.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How common are very severe cases of marfan's syndrome (versus more mild ones)?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not sure: Data is not readily available regarding what percentage of Marfan syndrome patients are mild, moderate, or severe.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can I have lasik if I have Marfan's syndrome?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Not recommended: Marfan's syndrome can affect the support structure of the lens and the corneal stability. Sometimes the lens may fall back in the eye requiring cataract surgery and lasik can make this more difficult. Generally we recommend lasik only on healthy eyes with a long-term stable outlook.

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