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Dr. Scott McLean
336 Doctors shared insights

Marfan Syndrome (Overview)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length is greater than height.


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I'm worried that I have Marfan syndrome, please help me diagnose myself?

I'm worried that I have Marfan syndrome, please help me diagnose myself?

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

Dr. Scott McLean
336 Doctors shared insights

Marfan Syndrome (Overview)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length is greater than height.


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How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

Enlarges aortic root: Patients with Marfan syndrome have tendency to develop aortic wall enlargemnt causing mainly aortic root aneurysms. This can lead to aortic valve insufficency and also aortic dissection which is a tear in the wall of the aorta. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
Once
Wear a wrist brace at night
daily
Take pain medications as directed
Once
Use proper posture when performing tasks
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Is joint cracking and popping a symptom of marfan's syndrome?

Is joint cracking and popping a symptom of marfan's syndrome?

Yes: People with marfan's can have joint cracking and popping, but joint popping and cracking is seen in many diseases and in many healthy people without joint disease. ...Read more

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I am able to do the hand signs for Marfan syndrome but wasn't diagnosed yet, can I just look like a marfan?

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Joint hypermobility: Joint hypermobility is only one of the symptoms that is used to diagnose Marfan syndrome (along with reduced upper to lower body segment ratio, longer arm span than height, dislocated lens in the eye, among others). Joint hypermobility can occur in otherwise healthy individuals and should be managed with muscle strengthening and other exercises to protect the joints. ...Read more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Listen, listen, listen
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
2x day
Do not be afraid to Ask for feedback
3x day
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Could preimplantation genetic diagnosis or genetic engineering get rid of diseases like Marfan syndrome?

Yes: An embryo could be tested for the Marfan mutation and only implanted if it did not contain that mutation. The same is true for a large number of other autosomal dominant or recessive diseases. ...Read more

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Which skeletal diagnostic tests are performed to diagnose Marfan syndrome?

Which skeletal diagnostic tests are performed to diagnose Marfan syndrome?

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 more

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Reverse PCOS & problems with HFLC foods, study: http://goo.gl/JH8XBX
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily.
daily
Blend exercises which make sense into your daily routine
daily
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If you have Marfan syndrome, will they know it immediately after you are born?

If you have Marfan syndrome, will they know it immediately after you are born?

Likely Not: Diagnosing Marfan syndrome is based on a long list of specific criteria. Most infants will not exhibit the symptoms immediately after birth. So it is very unlikely to know immediately. ...Read more

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Does being very tall mean you have Marfan syndrome?

Does being very tall mean you have Marfan syndrome?

Not Necessarily: But it is possible. A visit to the doctor with that question in mind should provide the answer. ...Read more

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Living with Down Syndrome (Checklist)

Get genetic counseling.
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Enroll in early intervention program.
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Get help from local and national support groups.
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Consider help from mental health workers.
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Can or should I get treatment if Marfan syndrome and infertility?

Can or should I get treatment if Marfan syndrome and infertility?

It depends.: If you are a man or a woman you need genetic counseling to understand the risk of genetic transmission. To avoid this risk, ivf+preimplantation genetic diagnosis is available for Marfan syndrome. If you are a man or a woman then you need to be tested for various fertility factors just like any-one who's unable to conceive for 1y. Women need cardiac evaluation esp. For aortic root dilatation. ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your PMD or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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What treatments/medications are there for someone with Marfan syndrome?

For the heart...: From a cardiologist's perspective, we want to make sure that the aorta is not too enlarged and that the blood pressure is well controlled. Classically we use a beta blocker to reduce wear and tear on the aorta, but newer trials are ongoing to see if a class of medicines known as ACE-inhibitors are helpful for this. There are important eye and ligament things to keep track of as well. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Check cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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Does someone with celiac disease have a higher risk of also having Marfan syndrome?

No association: Don't believe that there is any association between the two. ...Read more

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I have Marfan syndrome. Is there tests that can prolong my life expectancy?

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 more