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what's the difference between marfan syndrome and eds?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Rheumatology 51 years experience
Stature and heart: Marfans people are tall, skinny, with valve problems, joint instability, but also have aortic problems. Ehlers danlos has hypermobility, subluxations, but also certain types of eds have tissue fragility, spontaneous pneumothorax, joint subluxation, and has difficulty healing.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Different genetic mutations cause the types of each disorder, although they both are connective tissue disorders.
Dec 2, 2012

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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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Do all people with Marfan syndrome grow more than the average person?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Usually: A person with marfan's syndrome usually grows to be taller than average.
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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 are the differences between Marfan syndrome and ehler-danlos syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some similarities: Ehler-danlos syndrome is a group of disorders, caused by a different mutation than the one that causes Marfan syndrome. Some types of ehler-danlos syndrome also have rupture of the aorta as a potential problem. Ehler-danlos patients can have some skeletal features similar to those of Marfan patients.
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Is patellofemoral syndrome typically associated with marfan's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 physical stress. Patellofemoral syndrome is common in normal, active school-aged children, so it is hard to tell whether or not it occurs more often in Marfan syndrome kids.

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