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Can people with Marfan syndrome live long lives?

Can people with Marfan syndrome live long lives?

Varies by severity: People with mild marfan syndrome symptoms probably live a pretty normal lifespan. Those with severe symptoms can die from heart valve problems, rupture of the aorta, tension pneumothorax, etc..., before they reach old age. Of course, those with moderate symptoms will have a lifespan in between. ...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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How will having Marfan syndrome affect my long-term health?

Cardiovascular: Heart & blood vessel problems are most likely to impact your health. Also detached retina, collapsed lung, learning disabilities. See pubmed article on marfan's : www.Ncbi.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh1455/#adam_000418.Disease.Signs. Or www.Marfan.Org. ...Read more

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Can you still have Marfan syndrome without haveing long limbs? I have all the other symptoms and my doctor thinks it's a possibility.

Can you still have Marfan syndrome without haveing long limbs? I have all the other symptoms and my doctor thinks it's a possibility.

Unusual: Each patient with marfan syndrome has a different presentation. Without long limbs (arms/legs) it would be unusual to have true marfan syndrome, but those findings are not very important diagnostic criteria. The cardinal features aortic root dilation (aneurysm) and dislocated lenses. The website http://www.Marfan.Org is helpful to patients and physicians. ...Read more

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I am a 17 year old female who is 6 feet 2 inches. I have very long fingers and toes an long, thin arms.Do I have Marfan syndrome? I am worried!

I am a 17 year old female who is 6 feet 2 inches. I have very long fingers and  toes an long, thin arms.Do I have Marfan syndrome? I am worried!

See cardiologis: Certain clinical features r required for the diag. Of marfan syndrome. Being thin, tall with long fingers, toes and extremities is not enough for the diagnosis but may be an indication for referral to a pediatric cardiologist, pediatric ophthalmologist and geneticist for a much broader evaluation to rule out other abnormalities in the heart, eye and skeletal system and skin consistent w marfan. ...Read more

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Im f, 5'6(tall) , thin, long arms&legs, hands r big w/long fingers &are flexible, but my body is not flexible, narrow face&jaw, do I have Marfan syndrome?

Can be cryptic: Most people who are thin do not have a connective tissue disease (marfan syndrome.) there is a formal diagnostic approach for suspected marfan syndrome, though, and it is worth reading. Here is a link to a helpful site: http://www.Marfan.Org/expectations/diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can people with Marfan syndrome still fly on planes?

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. ...Read more

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What type of exercise is good for people with Marfan syndrome?

What type of exercise is good for people with Marfan syndrome?

Non-strenguous: Marfan syndrome persons should avoid contact sports. If symptoms are on the moderate to severe side, they can participate in non-contact, non-strenguous activities such as golf, bowling, walking, yoga, or tai-chi. If mild to moderate in severity, they can try non-contact, moderately strenguous activities such as biking or swimming. The national marfan foundation website is helpful. ...Read more

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Do all people with Marfan syndrome grow more than the average person?

Rarely: Occasionally, a person with marfan syndrome will have normal height, but the majority of people with marfan syndrome tall. Even if people with marfan syndrome who have normal height, there long bones tend to be longer than typical, resulting in longer than typical arms, legs, and fingers. ...Read more

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