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Is Marfan syndrome physically limiting for people?

Is Marfan syndrome physically limiting for people?

Over-exertion is bad: Marfan syndrome persons should avoid contact sports. If symptoms are on the moderate to severe side, they can participate in non-contact, non-strenguous activities such as golf, bowling, walking, yoga, or tai-chi. If mild to moderate in severity, they can try non-contact, moderately strenguous activities such as biking or swimming. The national marfan foundation website is helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

An inherited disorder that affects connective tissue where one's body shape is long, with thin arms, hands, and fingers, and when the total arm length is greater ...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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Is marfan's syndrome asociated with a shortened life span?

Yes: Marfan's syndrome patients die from complications of aortic valve widening. If this is treated with inderal, (propranolol) progression is slower and patients live longer. In addition, if heart valve surgey is performed electivelly patients live longer. Untrated patients have a life span of 32 years. ...Read more

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Is marfan's syndrome dominant or is it recessive?

Is marfan's syndrome dominant or is it recessive?

Dominant: Marfan syndrome is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. Most people with marfan syndrome have an affected parent. About 25% of people with marfan syndrome appear to have a spontaneous mutation in fbn1. ...Read more

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So is broken heart syndrome also known as stress cardiomyopathy?

So is broken heart syndrome also known as stress cardiomyopathy?

Yes: Also called takotsubo's cardiomyopathy because the apex of the heart tends to "balloon" making it look like the japanese term for an octopus trap which the heart resembles when affected. Although associated with significant stressors like death of a loved one, etc.. It can be seen in the absence of these. ...Read more

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Is Marfan syndrome preventable?

Is Marfan syndrome preventable?

Sometimes: Marfan syndrome is preventable when the adults who know they have marfan syndrome thoughtfully choose not to have biological children (50% of their children would have the disease). Some cases are not preventable, such as the 20-30% of marfan syndrome persons who have the disease from a new mutation (neither parent had a mutation). ...Read more

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What is pickwickian syndrome that commonly affects overweight individuals?

What is pickwickian syndrome that commonly affects overweight individuals?

Restricts breathing: Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is a condition in which morbidly obese pts have difficulty breathing when lying flat. The weight of their own chest along with their large abdomen pushing up on their diaphragm resticts full expansion of lungs. They then dont get adequate oxygenation at night. Longterm the pts get pulmonary hyper tension and rt sided heart failure, if not treated. Weight loss/cpap. ...Read more

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How dangerous is Marfan syndrome?

Marfan syndrome: affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. Marfan syndrome has no cure, but doctors can provide symptomatic management. ...Read more

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Is Dress Syndrome considered a Disease? Is it hereditary?

Is Dress Syndrome considered a Disease? Is it hereditary?

Disease not herited: DRESS is short for Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia Systemic Symptoms meaning usually caused by certain drugs with rashes, elevation of some body enzymes, and other blood abnormalities. Usually rashes and abnormalities disappear when the offending drug is stopped but some do progress. ...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 it possible for Marfan syndrome to be caused by alcoholism?

Is it possible for Marfan syndrome to be caused by alcoholism?

No: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in a gene. The gene is dominant, so one mutation inherited from either parent will mean a child gets the disease. Sometimes the mutation is a new mutation, meaning neither parent had it. It is not caused by alcoholism nor by drug abuse. ...Read more

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Is XXY klinefelter's syndrome related at all to marfan's syndrome?

No: The two syndromes have some similar features, but they are different syndromes that are unrelated. Klinefelter syndrome is caused by ahaving at least one extra x chromosome in a person who has a y chromosome (normal male=46 xy, klinefelter=47xxy). Typical marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in fbn1, coding for fibrillin-1. ...Read more

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What population is affected by down syndrome?

What population is affected by down syndrome?

Confusing question: Down syndrome is present in any racial, ethnic, social, economic or other group in any country in the world. It can occur to women giving birth at any age but is more common in older mothers. ...Read more

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Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Ehlers-Danlos: Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects your connective tissues. primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Immune suppressants will have no use as treatment. Go to the Mayoclinic.org and look up the syndrome for further information. ...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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Marfan syndrome is a hereditary defect in elastin fibers, what is this?

Marfan syndrome is a hereditary defect in elastin fibers, what is this?

Histology: We are made of muscle, nerve, epithelium and connective tissue - only 4 tissue types! connective tissue is made up of various components. One of them is elastin. In marfans, these are abnormal leading to tissues that are not as strong as they should be leading to weakness in the wall of the aorta and eye (holding the lens) in particular. The syndrome has many other features you can read about. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have a combo of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome?

Is it possible for someone to have a combo of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome?

Yes, but unlikely: Both Marfan syndrome (see http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/mar/) and Ehlers Danlos syndrome (see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001468.htm) are conditions where mutations in proteins that are main components of connective tissue are abnormal which can result in a number of tissue abnormalities and possible health problems.Not likely both conditions at same time ...Read more

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Is Marfan syndrome physically limiting for people?

Over-exertion is bad: Marfan syndrome persons should avoid contact sports. If symptoms are on the moderate to severe side, they can participate in non-contact, non-strenguous activities such as golf, bowling, walking, yoga, or tai-chi. If mild to moderate in severity, they can try non-contact, moderately strenguous activities such as biking or swimming. The national marfan foundation website is helpful. ...Read more

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