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Is Marfans discovered @ an early age w/ symptoms seen early or can abnormal tallness come about later in life like almost 2 decades after puberty ends?

Is Marfans discovered @ an early age w/ symptoms seen early or can abnormal tallness come about later in life like almost 2 decades after puberty ends?

May be later: You are born with the condition but manifestations may vary. Diagnosis may not be made till adulthood or not until a serious complication occurs. See this review:http://www.uptodate.com/contents/marfan-syndrome-the-basics?source=search_result&search=marfan+syndrome&selectedTitle=1%7E105 ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

Marfan's syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by defects in a protein called fibrillin that, along with collagen, provides most of the structural support of our tissues. Individuals with Marfan's are often tall, lanky, have long arm spans, and are hyperflexible. The most serious complication of Marfan's is caused by defects in the wall of the aorta, the large blood vessel that leaves the heart and supplies the ...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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Does a person have to be tall to be diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome? How often does it occur in average height or shorter people?

Does a person have to be tall to be diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome? How often does it occur in average height or shorter people?

Usually tall & thin.: Most universities that recruit such a person because they are tall & good players, the usually test 4 marfans B4 signing them.tall thin women have it more commonly than males. Also they really stand out in high school due to their height. ...Read more

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If one parent is normal but the other has marfan's, what is the probability that their child will develop marfan's syndrome?

50%: The mutation in marfan syndrome is dominant, so whenever one mutation is present, the person will have the disease. A marfan syndrome parent has one normal gene and one mutated gene. Half of his or her children will get the mutated gene and thus the disease. ...Read more

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Im f, 5'6(tall) , thin, long arms&legs, hands r big w/long fingers &are flexible, but my body is not flexible, narrow face&jaw, do I have Marfan syndrome?

Can be cryptic: Most people who are thin do not have a connective tissue disease (marfan syndrome.) there is a formal diagnostic approach for suspected marfan syndrome, though, and it is worth reading. Here is a link to a helpful site: http://www.Marfan.Org/expectations/diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the probability that normal parents will have a child with marfan's syndrome?

What is the probability that normal parents will have a child with marfan's syndrome?

1/4 of cases: The syndrome is inherited as a dominant trait, carried by gene fbn1, which encodes the connective protein fibrillin-1. People have a pair of fbn1 genes & because it is dominant, people who have inherited one affected fbn1 gene from either parent will have marfan syndrome. The impact varies from mild to severe. Approximately one-quarter of the cases occur as a result of a spontaneous mutation. ...Read more

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Why do patients with Marfan syndrome feel pain in their chest? And they normal complain that the pain moves upward toward the shoulder

Why do patients with Marfan syndrome feel pain in their chest? And they normal complain that the pain moves upward toward the shoulder

Call MD: Marfan's can cause heart & lung disease which is sometimes life threatening. I hope you have called your doctor to address these issues. Not something to discuss on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Im 21 old male.184 cm,59 Kg, little bit scoliosis but it is not noticeable.im too little bit nearsighted Can that be Marfan syndrome or is that normal?

Marfan's syndrome: In order to have a definitive diagnosis of Marfan's see a geneticist. You do seem to have elements of the syndrome ...Read more

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Could I have Marfans? Suddenly started growing taller at 40. I'm very tall no long limbs or curved spine or long face, etc. EKGs/echos over yrs normal

Could I have Marfans? Suddenly started growing taller at 40. I'm very tall no long limbs or curved spine or long face, etc. EKGs/echos over yrs normal

Doubt Marfans: Doubt this is Marfans since that growth should have happened at the usual end of your normal growth. You need to validate the growth spurt, then need to have your physician evaluate you. Occasionally an endocrinologist can see if you have developed an increase of growth hormone ...Read more