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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Marfanoid Habitus (Overview)

Long slender arms with arm span greater than height. Also with ligament laxity resulting in hyper mobile joints.


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What causes marfanoid habitus?

What causes marfanoid habitus?

It's genetic: A huge number of genes give you the basic body build. There are a few fairly common one-locus genetic diseases that feature a marfanoid habitus, but most don't have any of these and do fine. Choose a sport that matches the body you have and enjoy who you are. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
4 doctors shared insights

Marfanoid Habitus (Overview)

Long slender arms with arm span greater than height. Also with ligament laxity resulting in hyper mobile joints.


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What causes marfanoid habitus?

It's genetic: A huge number of genes give you the basic body build. There are a few fairly common one-locus genetic diseases that feature a marfanoid habitus, but most don't have any of these and do fine. Choose a sport that matches the body you have and enjoy who you are. ...Read more

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How should i interpret on my hip mri that there is "a decreased signal to noise ratio due to patient body habitus"?

How should i interpret on my hip mri that there is "a decreased signal to noise ratio due to patient body habitus"?

Size counts.: This could mean that due to the patient's size, the mri results are not optimum for desired detailed results. Special parameters are necessary to deal with larger people. ...Read more

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I think I might be marfanoid. How do I know for sure?

I think I might be marfanoid. How do I know for sure?

Marfan's syndrome: You need a complete physical examination to look for the hallmarks of marfan's syndrome including body measurements. Your primary care doctor can do it for you. If not, consult a geneticist. ...Read more

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If I am marfanoid, should I get an echo?

If I am marfanoid, should I get an echo?

Yes: People with marfan syndrome are at risk for serious valvular and vascular abnormalities. If you are simply "marfanoid" you need to be evaluated to determine if you may have marfan syndrome. ...Read more

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Hypochondriac or legit worry about having an aneurysm if marfanoid?

Hypochondriac or legit worry about having an aneurysm if marfanoid?

Legit: Those with marfan's syndrome should have regular screenings for aortic aneurysms (and other vascular aneurysms as well). You are at a high risk of developing these compared to the normal population. You are also at a higher risk of developing an ascending aortic dissection. This is a potentially fatal event. Take sudden, severe chest and back pain very seriously. ...Read more

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