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Does Marfan syndrome affect the brain?

Does Marfan syndrome affect the brain?

No: Marfan syndrome affects the eyes and damages one's vision, and the syndrome affects the lining of the spinal cord, but it typically does not cause brain problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

Marfan's syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by defects in a protein called fibrillin that, along with collagen, provides most of the structural support of our tissues. Individuals with Marfan's are often tall, lanky, have long arm spans, and are hyperflexible. The most serious complication of Marfan's is caused by defects in the wall of the aorta, the large blood vessel that leaves the heart and supplies the ...Read more


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I heard that abraham lincoln had marfans. Is that why he was so tall and thin?

I heard that abraham lincoln had marfans. Is that why he was so tall and thin?

Controversial: A very controversial subject, but unconfirmed. Individuals with marfan's syndrome have armspans greater than height, which represents the primary diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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I might have marfan, what should I do?

Med Eval: See your doctor. He or she can determine if you meet the international criteria for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the mental traits of Marfans Syndrome?

Well...: From the Psychological point of view, there are no traits specific to marfans syndrome. Please read the following:http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/marfan-syndrome ...Read more

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What is marfan's syndrome and how is it treated?

See below: Marfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue, the tissue that strengthens the body's structures. Disorders of connective tissue affect the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin. Vision problems should be treated when possible. Monitor for scoliosis, especially during the teenage years. Medicine to slow the heart rate may help prevent stress on the aorta. ...Read more

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Are you at risk for AAA in marfans?

Yes: Marfans is a connective tissue disorder that can affect, amongst other structural tissues, the aorta. In hypertensives in particular, marfans does make one more susceptible to abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. These can detected and treated by a variety of methods, but confirmation of the diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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Is marfan's syndrome a genetic mutation?

Is marfan's syndrome a genetic mutation?

Yes: Yes it is a mutation in the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. This gene is responsible for providing the instructions for making a protien called fibrillin which becomes part of microfibrils. Microfibrils are important for providing the strength and flexibility of connective tissue. Connective tissue provides strength and flexibility to bones, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and heart values. ...Read more

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Why do Marfan syndrome people have hyperextesible joints?

Why do Marfan syndrome people have hyperextesible joints?

Lax joints: The joints are lax as marfans interferes with collagen tissue that gives support to joints. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more