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what are the symptoms of marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Long arms, fingers: Tall, thin appearance. Pigeon chest (pectus carinatum), long fingers (arachnodactyly), dilated aorta (seen on echocardiogram). Dislocated lens in the eye. Severe near sightedness. Scoliosis. Flat feet. High arched palate. Thin head with small cheekbones. Most symptoms involve heart, musculoskeletal and eyes. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Although children with Marfan Syndrome are expected to have average intelligence, up to 50% have learning disabilities.
Oct 28, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Although children with Marfan Syndrome are expected to have average intelligence, up to 50% have learning disabilities.
Oct 28, 2012
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Congenital : Congenital condition which can cause hypermobility of joints, eye lens dislocation and aortic dissection.

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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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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.
A 25-year-old member asked:

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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I'm worried that I have Marfan syndrome, please help me diagnose myself. What are the symptoms?

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Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Very tall: The width is greater than the height--if so see your doctor
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are common symptoms of Marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Quite varied...: Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects connective tissue. Symptoms can include: tall and slender build; disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers and toes; a breastbone that protrudes outward or dips inward; a high, arched palate and crowded teeth; heart murmurs; extreme nearsightedness; an abnormally curved spine; or flat feet.

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