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Does Marfan Syndrome Affect The Brain
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
I think I have Marfan syndrome, but i'm not sure if I want to go get checked. Will it affect insurance?
Unknown: The new health care law says that insurers cannot deny insurance for "preexisting conditions". So if this health care law stays in place it will not be a problem. No matter what, if you may have marfan's you need to have it confirmed, and if positive see a cardiologist. With good care, pts with marfan's can have normal lifespan. Without care they can have cardiac problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lens dislocation: The most common problem is that the lenses in the eyes are held in place by zonules. These are weakened by this syndrome and frequently the lenses can be come partially/totally dislocated causing blurred vision or other problems within the eyes. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Build a team: Marfan syndrome is a complex condition that requires a team of experts in genetics, ophthalmology, and cardiology to establish or exclude the diagnosis. A good place to start is with your primary care provider and with some help from the national marfan foundation. Their website has a section written especially for someone like you: http://www.Marfan.Org/marfan/2406/diagnosis#suspect. ...Read more
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