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How can you tell if you have Marfan syndrome?

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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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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How to tell if I have Marfan syndrome?

See the details: If you are tall, have very flexible joints, have any issues with the lenses of your eyes as well as other numerous finding on exam, you may have it. Have your doctor take a look or refer you to a rheumatologist. ...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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What can you tell me about the Marfan syndrome?

Marfans syndrome: Inherited disorder of connective tissue but can be sporadic. Usually dx in adolescence. Affects: Skin, bone (teeth, spine), eyes (lens dislocation), nervous and cardiovascular system (aorta, associated with mitral valve prolapse). Features: Tall, thin, long arms & legs, fingers. ...Read more

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At what age can you tell a child has Marfan syndrome?

At what age can you tell a child has Marfan syndrome?

Varies: Sometimes a diagnosis of marfan's syndrome can be obvious from birth. In most cases, the features (long fingers and toes, angular face), take longer to see. Sometimes it isn't picked up until the person has an aortic dissection or vision problems the lens of the eye is affected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the features of the disorder 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

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Could you tell me what are common symptoms of Marfan syndrome?

Could you tell me what are common symptoms of Marfan syndrome?

Quite varied...: Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects connective tissue. Symptoms can include: tall and slender build; disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers and toes; a breastbone that protrudes outward or dips inward; a high, arched palate and crowded teeth; heart murmurs; extreme nearsightedness; an abnormally curved spine; or flat feet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why there are often life-threatening aortic defects associated with marfan's syndrome?

Can you tell me why there are often life-threatening aortic defects associated with marfan's syndrome?

Firbrillin 1: In short, problem in Marfan's is a misfolding of a protein involved in the structure of connective tissue in various parts of the human body, notably in tissues such as mitral and aortic valves and aorta, which can lead to mitral valve prolapse, aortic dilation and aneurysms, aortic regurgitation, aortic dissection, etc along with extra cardiac manifestations. ...Read more