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Collagen Vascular Diseases Marfan Syndrome
Different areas: Collagen vascular diseases or multi-system diseases are just that. They are a group of diseases characterized by autoimmune aberrations. Varied organ systems can be involved - skin, joints or any internal organs - heart, kidneys, blood or nervous system. The way a disease presents itself depends on which areas are involved. See you doctor or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more
Can be autoimmune: Collagen vascular disease encompasses a series of autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma to name a few. Each of these can have variations on their diagnostic categories. These were first named becuase there were similar changes in the soft tissues and blood vessels when biopsies were done in people with a collagen vascular diseases. ...Read more
DIFFICULT ANSWER: Collagen vasular diseases include a broad spectrum of illnesses. As a rheumatologist, we do our best to isolate what collagen vasular disease a patient has. The term, collagen vascular disease does not descibe one disease but rather the whole practice of rheumatology. I figure your doctor may have found an abnormal boold test which may or may not be significant. I need more information to help you. ...Read more
Could preimplantation genetic diagnosis or genetic engineering get rid of diseases like Marfan syndrome?
Marfan's syndrome: It is a broad topic. Difficult to cover here. Please refer to the site: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/marfan_syndrome. ...Read more
I need help finding a dr. In Michigan experienced in Marfan Syndrome to confirm or rule out this disease. Thank you.
Genetics: You are probably best served finding an expert in genetics. Check with your closest major hospital or medical university for a list of references. ...Read more
No association: Don't believe that there is any association between the two. ...Read more
Is it possible for someone to have a combo of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome?
Yes, but unlikely: Both Marfan syndrome (see http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/mar/) and Ehlers Danlos syndrome (see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001468.htm) are conditions where mutations in proteins that are main components of connective tissue are abnormal which can result in a number of tissue abnormalities and possible health problems.Not likely both conditions at same time ...Read more
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
Do you who has Marfan syndrome also expierence jumping of the eye(s)/like a shiny silver flashing thing in the corners of your eyes?
Maybe: In marfan syndrome, it is possible to have ocular manifestations. The most classic associated eye finding in marfan syndrome is lens dislocation. This can cause visual disturbances. It is important that everyone with marfan syndrome be examined by an ophthalmologist on a regular basis (annual). Retinal detachment also occurs in patients with marfan syndrome. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very tall: The width is greater than the height--if so see your doctor ...Read more
An echocardiogram: If you have marfan syndrome, you should be aware that your cardiologist can use ultrasound to watch for the gradual enlargement of your aorta. Depending on your age, height, and weight, she can determine whether your aorta is growing larger than normal and recommend either medicine, like a beta blocker, or surgery to prevent dissection or rupture of the aorta. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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