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Is marfan's syndrome asociated with a shortened life span?

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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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length ...Read more


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Does WPW syndrome affect life expectancy?

Does WPW syndrome affect life expectancy?

Depends: If diagnosed and properly treated (usually with a procedure called an ablation) one can have a normal life expectancy. However, prior to treatment a patient may have a fast heart rhythm that can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for congential hypothyroidism?

Life expectancy for congential hypothyroidism?

Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more

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Liscencephaly average life expectancy?

Liscencephaly average life expectancy?

Variable: It is important to understand that the brain may dictate bodily function. If lisencephaly is part of miller-dieker syndrome death may occur before age 2, but sometimes infants may live longer. Remember if the patient cannot feed themselves and is bed-ridden-they are prone to pneumonia, infection-which may lead to an earlier death.Also important are other associated congenital abnormalities. ...Read more

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Lenox gastaut syndrome average life expectancy?

Lenox gastaut syndrome average life expectancy?

Haven't seen numbers: Haven't seen any numbers on life expectancy of lennox-gastaut patients. Maybe nobody has collected and published that information. One website reported a 3%-7% mortality in patients over a 9 year period (that sounds like 1/2 % per year). The deaths were often due to accidents. In such disorders, if a person is watched and cared for closely, he can outlive parents, and die of other natural causes. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of people with graves disease?

Life expectancy of people with graves disease?

Unchanged: It is no different from people without graves disease. Graves can/should be effectively treated and should have no effect on overall health. ...Read more

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Can people with Marfan syndrome live long lives?

Can people with Marfan syndrome live long lives?

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 more

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Is there a life expectancy for Treachery Collins Syndrome?

Is there a life expectancy for Treachery Collins Syndrome?

Normal: Why do you ask? If a family member is affected, the parents should have received genetics counseling: If not, they should arrange for it. See TreacherCollins.org ...Read more

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Life expectancy of colon cancer==similar to parent if familial?

Life expectancy of colon cancer==similar to parent if familial?

Yes and no: If you a have a true familial form (generally this means multiple 1 st degree relatives have it. Usually happens at an earlier age) then yes the course of disease is similiar. If by familial you mean 1 relative had it, then no it is variable and progress differently. ...Read more

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Could my genetic syndrome shorten life expectancy (please answer!)?

Could my genetic syndrome shorten life expectancy (please answer!)?

Genetic disorders: It would help if you would be specific about what your genetic disorder is. ...Read more

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Life span of someone diagnosed with parkinsons/lupus?

Life span of someone diagnosed with parkinsons/lupus?

Impossible to say: The life span depends on the severity of the diseases. Most patients with these diseases have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is COPD life threatening?

Is COPD life threatening?

Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read more

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Polymyositis life expectancy with sjogren's syndrome? What is prognosis?

Polymyositis life expectancy with sjogren's syndrome? What is prognosis?

Depends: On the course of the disease, organ involvement, baseline health status, the aggressiveness of the condition, and many other factors (response to treatment, etc.). ...Read more

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Is myocarditis a life threatening condition?

Is myocarditis a life threatening condition?

Yes: But this depends on the cause, the severity and the rapidity with which one seeks medical assistance. ...Read more

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Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia a life threatening condition?

Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia a life threatening condition?

No: While the diagnosis sounds complicated, situs inversus simply indicates that the internal organs are arranged in a mirror image pattern. In that setting, dextrocardia, a right sided heart, is expected. ...Read more

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Why does cystic fibrosis shorten life span?

Why does cystic fibrosis shorten life span?

Chronic Illness: Progress in management has improved the quality of life for CF patients but it doesn't take away the basic vulnerabilities of the illness. In its worst forms, the illness shuts down production of enzymes that permit digestion of food & creates excessive mucous in the lungs that sets them up for deadly pneumonia & lung scaring. At some point, one of the complications will end their life. ...Read more

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Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia life threatening?

No: Most people with this condition do not even know they have and live a normal life. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for people with loeys-dietz syndrome?

What is the life expectancy for people with loeys-dietz syndrome?

Not Known: This disease has been diagnosed in about 300-500 people and is known as a disease entity only since 2005. Life expectancy is expected to increase like in marfans syndrome with improved awareness and medical progress. Due to the high risk of death from aortic aneurysm rupture, patients should be followed closely. A valuable resource for this is http://www.Loeysdietz.Org/index.Ph. ...Read more