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Can people with Marfan syndrome still fly on planes?

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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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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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. ...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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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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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