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A 35-year-old male asked:

how do you tell the difference between someone with marfan syndrome and someone whos just skinny and tall for example someone who's 5, 8" and weigh 108?

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Dr. Neeta Jain
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Marian syndrome: There is a genetic test for marfan's syndrome. If there is a concern, ask your doctor to order it.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Individual with Marfan syndrome has other abnormalities; dislocated lenses, hypermobile joints, dilation of aortic root, pes excavatum, etc.

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Does Marfan syndrome skip generations?

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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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Can people with Marfan syndrome still fly on planes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually yes: A Marfan syndrome person with a current or recent pneumothorax (collapsed lung) should not fly (unless the airplane stays close to his airport's altitude) because the decrease in outside air pressure as the airplane ascends can allow his pneumothorax to enlarge and compress the lungs and heart.
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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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I think I have Marfan syndrome, what should I do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctors can evaluate: A person who may have Marfan syndrome should see his doctor and 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 39-year-old member asked:

If you have Marfan syndrome, will they know it immediately after you are born?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 arms, long fingers, flat feet, high-arched palate, small lower jaw, chest deformities, abnormal back curves, etc..., become more obvious later as they grow up.

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