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what is marfan syndrome?

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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 about Marfan syndrome. Go to www.Marfan.Org.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
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% of patients have no family history tall arms and height, affects lungs, heart and aorta, eyes causing cataract, skin problems, and tissue covering the spinal chord.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does Marfan syndrome skip generations?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 of it. Also, it is possible that a child of a Marfan synd. Parent doesn't inherit the mutation (child is normal), but that child's child or grandchild gets a new mutation or marries a mild, undiagnosed Marfan patient... Leading to future Marfan kids.
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What causes Marfan syndrome?

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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. Symptoms show up in the parts of the body where shape and structural integrity relies a lot on the weakened type of connective tissue.
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What exactly is Marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Congenital : Congenital condition which can cause hypermobility of joints, eye lens dislocation and aortic dissection.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Does aneuploidy cause Marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Marfan is caused by : A mutation in the fibrillin gene on the long arm of chromosome 15 , 15q15-q21.3. Autisomal dominant inheritance with widely variable clinical findings. Aneuploidy is having an abnormal # of chromosomes from a genetic accident during cell reduction (meiosis).
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How dangerous is Marfan syndrome?

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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 symptomatic management.

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