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Does Marfan syndrome affect the brain?

Does Marfan syndrome affect the brain?

No: Marfan syndrome affects the eyes and damages one's vision, and the syndrome affects the lining of the spinal cord, but it typically does not cause brain problems. ...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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I am able to do the hand signs for Marfan syndrome but wasn't diagnosed yet, can I just look like a marfan?

I am able to do the hand signs for Marfan syndrome but wasn't diagnosed yet, can I just look like a marfan?

Doctors can evaluate: A person with a few of the marfan syndrome features can see a primary care doctor and a geneticist. The geneticist specializes in diagnosing genetic disorders such as marfan syndrome. A person has to have a certain number of signs & symptoms before he is diagnosed as marfan syndrome. If less than the minimum signs & symptoms, he may have marfanoid habitus (appearance) but not have marfan syndrome. ...Read more

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What is Marfan syndrome?

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 would I know know if I have marfan's syndrome?

How would I know know if I have marfan's syndrome?

Having the features: Features suggestive of marfan syndrome include: above-average height, long arms, long fingers, flat feet, high-arched palate, narrow face, crowded teeth, small lower jaw, pectus carinatum (pigeon chest), pectus excavatum (sunken chest), hunchback (hunchback), scoliosis (crooked back), hypermobile/hyperflexible joints, etc... A person with several of these features can see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can you expect if you have marfan's syndrome?

What can you expect if you have marfan's 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

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Do I have marfan's syndrome? What are the telltale signs?

Www.marfan.org: Marfan syndrome is a genetic abnormality affecting the fbn1 gene. It is thought of as a "connective tissue" disease. People with marfan have varying levels of abnormalities of the skeleton, their heart, their eyes, and their lungs. The marfan foundation has a great website at www.Marfan.Org. At the site, there is important information about diagnosis, with recommendations. ...Read more

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Is Marfan syndrome preventable?

Is Marfan syndrome preventable?

Sometimes: Marfan syndrome is preventable when the adults who know they have marfan syndrome thoughtfully choose not to have biological children (50% of their children would have the disease). Some cases are not preventable, such as the 20-30% of marfan syndrome persons who have the disease from a new mutation (neither parent had a mutation). ...Read more

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My daugther is 7 year old n not to long ago i knew she got marfan's n i don't know what to do or waz going to happend im new on thiz..What is marfan's?

Marfan.org: The marfan foundation has a wonderful website at www.Marfan.Org. There is a lot of information there to help families understand living with marfan syndrome. There is also an annual family conference. The next annual family conference is in july 2014 in baltimore. ...Read more

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Is there any sort of treatment for marfan's syndrome?

Is there any sort of treatment for marfan's syndrome?

Marfan syndrome: There is no cure for this disorder. Treatment can slow progression & ameliorate symptoms, such as cardiovascular (aneurysms) or connective tissue changes (pain) etc. ...Read more

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Is there a marfan's-like syndrome that is linked to autism?

Is there a marfan's-like syndrome that is linked to autism?

Not that I know: The only likely association i can think is klinefelter's sydrome. But this is not close. Ks is only in males, they tend to be taller than average (similar to marfan's) and may have motor delays and learning problems (similar to autism) . But they usually lack the main features of profound communication and social skills impairment of as. Many/most klindefelter's appear entirely normal. ...Read more

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How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

Enlarges aortic root: Patients with marfan syndrome have tendency to develop aortic wall enlargemnt causing mainly aortic root aneurysms.This can lead to aortic valve insufficency and also aortic dissection which is a tear in the wall of the aorta. ...Read more

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In relation to genetic conditions what is eds? Marfans?

In relation to genetic conditions what is eds? Marfans?

See below:: Ehlers–danlos syndrome (eds) is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen (type i or iii). Marfan's syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. People with marfan's tend to be unusually tall, with long limbs and long, thin fingers. It is caused by defects in a gene called fibrillin-1. ...Read more

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Marfan's syndrome question. Do you need echo for aneurysm?

Marfan's syndrome question. Do you need echo for aneurysm?

Yes: Marfan patients may develop dilation of the aortic root of the heart easing to aortic valve disease or aortic dissection. A regular cardiovascular check up is advised which usually will include an echocardiogram of the heart. ...Read more

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Is there genetic link between Marfan and cutis marmorata?

Is there  genetic link between Marfan and cutis marmorata?

Genetic link?: I found no specific references to a genetic link between marfan & cutis marmorata other than possibly in a rare form of homo-cystenuria "arising due to cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency, an autosomal recessive disorder that produces increased urinary homocysteine and methionine. (continued in comment—>. ...Read more

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Can I have prk surgery procedure if I have Marfan syndrome?

Can I have prk surgery procedure if I have Marfan syndrome?

Not recommended: Marfans syndrome involves a disorder of connective tissue and may result in abnormal healing of the cornea and unpredictable results. In addition, other ocular conditions including dislocation of the lens can occur. ...Read more

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How effective is vascular grafting for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is vascular grafting for treating Marfan syndrome?

Vascular grafting: should one get an aneurysm related to Marfan, grafting can be very effective, otherwise grafting is rather superfluoius to the diagnosis ...Read more