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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)

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


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How will having Marfan syndrome affect my long-term health?

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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I'm 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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Do people with Marfan Syndrome ever stop growing in height and if so is it about the same time others without the disease stop growing?

Do people with Marfan Syndrome ever stop growing in height and if so is it about the same time others without the disease stop growing?

Yes: There are multiple potential. Abnormalities associated with marfans, such as scoliosis, for example; but they do typically reach skeletal maturity (stop growing) at a similar age as those without marfans. In general, their height is taller than average and they tend to be slender. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can people with Marfan syndrome crack their knuckles easily?

Can people with Marfan syndrome crack their knuckles easily?

Not necessarily.: Joint popping and joint pain may be present, but Marfan is different in almost every patient. ...Read more

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What type of learning disability do people with Marfan syndrome usually have?

Visual disabilities: Marfan syndrome patients, if severe, can have disabilities involving vision, such as reading. Patients can have dislocated lens in the eyes (lens are out of position and cannot focus properly), retinal detachments (retina comes off the inside surface of the eyeballs), early cataracts (lens become cloudy), or early glaucoma (excess pressure inside the eyeballs). ...Read more

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What type of learning disability do people with Marfan syndrome have, if any?

What type of learning disability do people with Marfan syndrome have, if any?

Usually none.: Marian's effects connective tissue (heart, bones, muscles). There usually are no learning, attention, or behavioral problems associated with it. ...Read more

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What is Marfan syndrome?

Genetic disorder: Of connective tissue that affects many bodily systems. The national Marfan foundation has a very nice website that will answer any questions you have about Marfan syndrome. Go to www. Marfan. Org. ...Read more

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What is Marfan syndrome?

Marfans/ehler danlos: Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, tissues that strengthen bodies structures.
In most cases it is inherited condition, but approx 30% of patients have no family history
tall arms and height, affects lungs, heart and aorta, eyes causing cataract, skin problems, and tissue covering the spinal chord. ...Read more

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What causes Marfan syndrome?

What causes Marfan syndrome?

Genetic mutation: Marfan syndrome is caused by a gene mutation (in the fbn1 gene). A mutation leads to defective, weakened connective tissue throughout the body. Symptoms show up in the parts of the body where shape and structural integrity relies a lot on the weakened type of connective tissue. ...Read more

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What exactly is Marfan syndrome?

What exactly is Marfan syndrome?

Genetic disorder: Fbn1 gene controls connective tissue metabolism. If there are mutations or repeats, then marfa's will result. The symptoms are the result of malformed collagen. So dislocated lens in eye, heart valve problems, scoliosis, pneumothorax, artery problems may occur. Most cases are inherited, but occasionally marfan's occurs from a spontaneous mutation. This gene can be tested for in a blood specimen. ...Read more

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How dangerous is Marfan syndrome?

Marfan syndrome: Affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. Marfan syndrome has no cure, but doctors can provide symptomatic management. ...Read more