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I Have Marfan Syndrome Is There Tests That Can Prolong My Life Expectancy
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
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
Several treatments!: Yes! children and adults with marfan syndrome can have gradual widening of the aorta - the major artery connected to your heart. Sometimes the aorta becomes so weak that it breaks. But your cardiologist can use an ultrasound machine to watch your aorta very carefully. She can treat you with medicines to slow down the enlargement, and your chest surgeon can even replace your aorta if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several 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... ...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
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
Maybe not: A marfan syndrome woman has a 50% chance of having a marfan syndrome baby, if the father of the baby is "normal". During pregnancy, the woman needs close monitoring because she is at increased risk of rupturing her aorta (often fatal). For these reasons, she may not want to become pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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