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Can Or Should I Get Treatment If Marfan Syndrome And Infertility
It depends.: If you are a man or a woman you need genetic counseling to understand the risk of genetic transmission. To avoid this risk, ivf+preimplantation genetic diagnosis is available for marfan syndrome. If you are a man or a woman then you need to be tested for various fertility factors just like any-one who's unable to conceive for 1y. Women need cardiac evaluation esp. For aortic root dilatation. ...Read more
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
Can i still be active in full contact sports with Marfan syndrome?Lets say its a mild one and i don't take any treatment yet
I have dural ectasia and have constant pain and stiffness I dont have Marfan syndrome what can I do for treatment or type of doctor besides pain meds?
Back pain / ectasia: A condition like dural ectasia can be very troublesome. Besides pain medication, people with this condition may respond to physical therapy, surgery, stimulator therapy or muscle relaxant treatment. Recruiting a physiatrist or PMR doctor and a neurosurgeon to your team would be helpful. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several treatments!: Yes! children and adults with marfan syndrome can have gradual widening of the aorta - the major artery connected to your heart. Sometimes the aorta becomes so weak that it breaks. But your cardiologist can use an ultrasound machine to watch your aorta very carefully. She can treat you with medicines to slow down the enlargement, and your chest surgeon can even replace your aorta if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think I have Marfan syndrome, but i'm not sure if I want to go get checked. Will it affect insurance?
Unknown: The new health care law says that insurers cannot deny insurance for "preexisting conditions". So if this health care law stays in place it will not be a problem. No matter what, if you may have marfan's you need to have it confirmed, and if positive see a cardiologist. With good care, pts with marfan's can have normal lifespan. Without care they can have cardiac problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a geneticist: There are many options for genetic testing for marfan syndrome, but for a baby the best answer comes not from tests but from a careful history, family history, and physical examination. Sifting through the information and making sense of it in light of the new diagnostic guidelines (the 2010 ghent criteria) may show you that testing makes sense - or maybe not. Your clinical geneticist can help. ...Read more
Sure: Here you are: http://www.Marfan.Org/about/marfan.Get a more detailed answer ›
Potentially yes..: Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissues which strengthen the body--medically, it affects the skeletal (weaker tissues, joints, flatfeet etc) , cardiovascular (dilated aortic root, valve trouble etc..), eye (cataract/lense dislocation), and skin systems. Most dangerous is involvement in the heart as above. Unfortunately, no specific medication available. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Please explain if it is possible to only have the physical conditions of Marfan syndrome and if so how can I get rid of it?
In your genes: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in in the gene that codes for fibrillin-1. You cannot change your genes. Abnormal or deficient fibrillin production affects the structure of your eyes, heart, blood vessels, and bones and ligaments. The severity of effects in different individuals is highly variable. ...Read more
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