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Are There Any Personality Traits Typically Associated With With Marfan Syndrome
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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).See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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