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Marfans Syndrome And Autism
Not that I know: The only likely association I can think is klinefelter's sydrome. But this is not close. Ks is only in males, they tend to be taller than average (similar to marfan's) and may have motor delays and learning problems (similar to autism). But they usually lack the main features of profound communication and social skills impairment of as. Many/most klindefelter's appear entirely normal. ...Read more
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
From the Psychological point of view, there are no traits specific to Marfan's syndrome.
Please read the following:http://www. Childrenshospital. Org/health-topics/conditions/marfan-syndrome ...Read more
Marfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue, the tissue that strengthens the body's structures.
Disorders of connective tissue affect the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin.
Vision problems should be treated when possible.
Monitor for scoliosis, especially during the teenage years.
Medicine to slow the heart rate may help prevent stress on the aorta. ...Read more
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
No, but.. .: Marfan synd. Doesn't skip generations, but sometimes it's mild enough that the person who seemed to have skipped the disease actually had a mild case of it. Also, it is possible that a child of a Marfan synd. Parent doesn't inherit the mutation (child is normal), but that child's child or grandchild gets a new mutation or marries a mild, undiagnosed Marfan patient... Leading to future Marfan kids. ...Read more
Marfan is caused by: A mutation in the fibrillin gene on the long arm of chromosome 15, 15q15-q21.3. Autisomal dominant inheritance with widely variable clinical findings. Aneuploidy is having an abnormal # of chromosomes from a genetic accident during cell reduction (meiosis). ...Read more
Yes, but...: Marfan as you know designates that you have very loose joints and hyperextensibility. Unfortunately this same flexibility may also apply to your heart valves or large blood vessel--the aorta--just outside the main pumping chamber of your heart. Therefore, you should receive clearance from your cardiologist before doing any serious weight lifting or resistance training traditional for body building. ...Read more
No specific benefit: Creatine has been shown to possibly improve performance in short duration high intensity anaerobic efforts. Marfan's syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue--creatine might help you increase the number of reps or speed/power of a specific aerobic exercise but won't have any specific benefit related to underlying marfan's. ...Read more
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
Good you can see it: It's good you can admit you have hypochondria. An internist can rule out marfan's if that's your worry. Once it's proven you don't have it, then what? Are you likely to 'develop' a new disorder? If that's you, it's time to see a mental health professional. ...Read more
No: No, at least not until they have had a thorough cardiology evaluation for aortic valve and coronary artery disease. In addition, these patients have loose ligaments and are prone to frequent sprains and osteoarthritis of their shoulders, elbows, and knees. Spinal scoliosis is also common. A supervised exercise program is recommended. ...Read more
MARFAN'S SYNDROME: Marfan's sysdrome is a cnnective tissue anomally with ocular, skeletal and cardiovascular abnormalities. It is inherited as autosomal dominant. ...Read more
Good: The ability to carry a pregnancy to term is very good but the major risk is to the mother who has had previous surgery for aortic root dilatation. Any pregnancy in a mother with Marfan Syndrome has to be treated with close attention to detail, especially with close monitoring of the aortic root diameter. The delivery should be by the least strtessful method. ...Read more
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
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
Don't think so: I don't remember anything about elongated colon in marfan's. Are you having any symptoms? ...Read more
Do people with Marfan Syndrome ever stop growing in height and if so is it about the same time others without the disease stop growing?
Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, tissues that strengthen bodies structures.
In most cases it is inherited condition, but approx 30% of patients have no family history
tall arms and height, affects lungs, heart and aorta, eyes causing cataract, skin problems, and tissue covering the spinal chord. ...Read more
Genetic mutation: Marfan syndrome is caused by a gene mutation (in the fbn1 gene). A mutation leads to defective, weakened connective tissue throughout the body. Symptoms show up in the parts of the body where shape and structural integrity relies a lot on the weakened type of connective tissue. ...Read more
Genetic disorder: Fbn1 gene controls connective tissue metabolism. If there are mutations or repeats, then marfa's will result. The symptoms are the result of malformed collagen. So dislocated lens in eye, heart valve problems, scoliosis, pneumothorax, artery problems may occur. Most cases are inherited, but occasionally marfan's occurs from a spontaneous mutation. This gene can be tested for in a blood specimen. ...Read more
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more
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