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Dr. Peter Ihle Dr. Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
50 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Are there any personality traits typically associated with with Marfan syndrome?

Are there any personality traits typically associated with with Marfan syndrome?

Not that I kno of.: Tall, that's why tall girls who may get scholarship 2 play buckets R tested 4 Marfans. There R many complications if U have Marfans, & play sports. From heart 2 eyes & more.

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length ...Read more


Dr. Tamanna Nahar Dr. Nahar
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
years in practice
Bangalore University, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College
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What can you tell me about the Marfan syndrome?

What can you tell me about the Marfan syndrome?

Marfans syndrome: Inherited disorder of connective tissue but can be sporadic. Usually dx in adolescence. Affects: Skin, bone (teeth, spine), eyes (lens dislocation), nervous and cardiovascular system (aorta, associated with mitral valve prolapse). Features: Tall, thin, long arms & legs, fingers.

Dr. Jalal Zuberi Dr. Zuberi
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College
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What tests are done to diagnose Marfan Syndrome?

Multiple: There is no single test for Marfan's Syndrome. After the clinical suspicion raised, a detailed exam with a focus on heart with EKG and Echo, imaging and genetic history will be needed for the confirmation.

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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is it true you can be classed as disabled if you have Marfan syndrome?

Doubtful: That's a great question for a disability lawyer. (you're unlikely to find any on this website).

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Does aneuploidy cause Marfan syndrome?

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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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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Could I detect Marfan syndrome before or after birth?

Yes, prenatally: Prenatal diagnosis of Marfan syndrome is possible through DNA testing of fetal tissue obtained by chorionic villi sampling or amniocentesis.

Dr. Mitzi Scotten Dr. Scotten
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

Effective: I have attached a study that looked at the success of vitrectomy surgery in people with Marfan's and it had 45 patients with 53 surgeries and listed successful reattachment 86% of the time http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12172108

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is WPW related to Marfan syndrome?

Yes: There is a higher incidence of WPW in marfan's syndrome than in the general population.

Dr. Keith Baldwin Dr. Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
11 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Why do people with Marfan syndrome develop scoliosis?

Loose ligaments: Over half of people with marfan's get scoliosis, but only about a third of these need treatment. It results from loose connective tissue which makes scoliosis more likely.

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller Dr. Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
47 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What's the difference between Marfan syndrome and eds?

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. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can a person who has Marfan syndrome still grow muscle?

Can a person who has Marfan syndrome still grow muscle?

Yes: Marfan syndrome patients can have mild to severe symptoms. Their muscles can grow, but there may be weakness in the connective tissues that help support the muscles and attach muscles to other parts of the body.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Why is my Marfan syndrome child so lazy and always tired?

May be the treatment: The beta-blocker medications used to control a marfan syndrome patient's blood pressure and heart rate can cause fatigue. If such a side effect seems to be happening, the patient's primary care doctor or cardiologist can re-evaluate.

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Dr. Betty Keller Dr. Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I have scoliosis, does that mean I also have Marfan syndrome?

No,: Marfan's is diagnosed using major and minor criteria: major (enlarged aorta/ tear, dislocation of lens of the eye, specific skeletal abnormalities, dural ectasia. Minor (myopia, stretch marks, loose joints, arched palate, long thin face) if family history is positive, you need to have 1 major and one minor criteria. If no family history you need 2 major and 1 minor criteria/ different parts /body.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How effective is losartan (Cozaar) for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is losartan (Cozaar) for treating Marfan syndrome?

Losartan: Losartan treats high blood pressure, as such to the extent is lowers pressure it is helpful in dealing with vascular changes in Marfan's which predispose to aneurysm formation. It doesn't treat the underlying Marfan's physiology directly.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Please help! If I have scoliosis, do I also have Marfan syndrome?

Please help! If I have scoliosis, do I also have Marfan syndrome?

Scolosis: While marfan's can be a part of scolosis they are not at all commonly related. There is much more scolosis without marfan's than there is with it.

Dr. Leslie Fleischer Dr. Fleischer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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How effective is atenolol (Tenormin) for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is atenolol (Tenormin) for treating Marfan syndrome?

Aortic Dilatation: There are two chronic issues in Marfan's from the cardiovascular point of view. 1. Ascending aortic dilatation. 2. Mitral valve disease. By reducing heart rate and blood pressure, Atenolol reduces shear stress in the ascending aortic, reducing the rate of dilatation. By reducing blood pressure, the mitral valve will be less incompetent. Take the med. See your doctor regularly.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can I gain weight in 2 months (i'm a girl with Marfan syndrome)?

Slow ; Steady wins: The race. Eat healthy foods that are high in calories. Eat 6 meals /day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin.

Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan Dr. Mutharasan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What treatments/medications are there for someone with Marfan syndrome?

For the heart...: From a cardiologist's perspective, we want to make sure that the aorta is not too enlarged and that the blood pressure is well controlled. Classically we use a beta blocker to reduce wear and tear on the aorta, but newer trials are ongoing to see if a class of medicines known as ACE-inhibitors are helpful for this. There are important eye and ligament things to keep track of as well.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What are the differences between Marfan syndrome and ehler-danlos syndrome?

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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