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Is a collasped lung due to Marfan syndrome common?

Is a collasped lung due to Marfan syndrome common?

Not Entirely Common: Marfan's patients can have spontaneous collapse of the lungs (known as pneumothorax). I would not say it is very common but it can occur. Typically marfan's patients have small air pockets at the top of the lungs called blebs. These blebs can rupture causing an airleak into the space between the lung and the chest wall. The air pushes on the lung causing the collapse. ...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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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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I'm looking for a really good orthotic insert for my shoes. Any recommendations? I have terrible flat feet due to Marfan syndrome.

I'm looking for a really good orthotic insert for my shoes. Any recommendations?  I have terrible flat feet due to Marfan syndrome.

Marfan or Marfanoid: flat feet: "Severe hindfoot valgus, also noted as medial deviation of medial malleolus (by clinical finding, not imaging)" is usually present, and treatment may be a matter of personal preference...Orthotics may be useful if pain is present. Custom-made soft orthotics may be needed to assure the proper fit essential for effective treatment." pdf download for orthopedic care found at marfan.org ...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

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more