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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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Is Marfan syndrome a sex-linked disease?

No: Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder caused by abnormal microfibrillin protein. If a parent is affected by the disorder, their offspring has a 50/50 chance of inheriting it, regardless of whether the baby is a boy or a girl. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have Marfan syndrome?

Abraham Lincoln: Lanky like abraham lincoln - arm span longer than height and there is a high-arched palate that is characteristic, but also found in normal individuals. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have Marfan 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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Can you give me the karyotype of the Marfan syndrome?

Marfans: A karyotype of someone with Marfan's Syndrome would look no different than a normal karyotype. That is because Marfan's is caused by as little as one mutation to one gene (fibrillin-1), and this mutation would not be visible in a karyotype. It is a dominant trait and if one parent is affected, it may be passed to their child. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Marfan syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Marfan syndrome?

Marfan Syndrome: An inherited connective tissue disorder. Body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers. Arm length is greater than height. Eye and heart problems are also associated with Marfan Syndrome. ...Read more

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Does Marfan syndrome skip generations?

No, but. . .: Marfan synd. Doesn't skip generations, but sometimes it's mild enough that the person who seemed to have skipped the disease actually had a mild case of it. Also, it is possible that a child of a marfan synd. Parent doesn't inherit the mutation (child is normal), but that child's child or grandchild gets a new mutation or marries a mild, undiagnosed marfan patient... Leading to future marfan kids. ...Read more

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What chromosome is affected by Marfan syndrome?

Chromosome 15: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. The "address" for this gene is 15q21.1. This gene codes for a protein called fibrillin-1. Inheritance is autosomal dominant. ...Read more

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Is WPW related to Marfan syndrome?

Is WPW related to Marfan syndrome?

Yes: There is a higher incidence of WPW in marfan's syndrome than in the general population. ...Read more

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What are the differences between Marfan syndrome and ehler-danlos syndrome?

Some similarities: Ehler-danlos syndrome is a group of disorders, caused by a different mutation than the one that causes marfan syndrome. Some types of ehler-danlos syndrome also have rupture of the aorta as a potential problem. Ehler-danlos patients can have some skeletal features similar to those of marfan patients. ...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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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

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What is the difference between Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos?

Marfans/ehler danlos: Both are mulisystem disorders that mostly affect the soft connective tissues.Eds caused by a defect in synthesis of collagen.It has hyperextensibility of skin and joints, early onset of osteoarthritis, hypotonia, deformity of spine marfan 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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Will my Marfan syndrome related dural ectasia keep getting worse?

Not necessarily: Dural ectasia is one of the major ghent criteria for the diagnosis; present in around 60 percent of mfs patients. You stay away from certain activities (lifting heavy weights, etc) if your dr advice; those might make it worse. But please check www.Marfan.Org, and remember stanford and mayo clinic, among other centers, have dedicated departments and lots of research going on. Don t get discouraged! ...Read more