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Marijuana Marfan's Syndrome Treat
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
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
Having the 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... A person with several of these features can see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Www. Marfan. Org: Marfan syndrome is a genetic abnormality affecting the fbn1 gene. It is thought of as a "connective tissue" disease. People with Marfan have varying levels of abnormalities of the skeleton, their heart, their eyes, and their lungs. The Marfan foundation has a great website at www. Marfan. Org. At the site, there is important information about diagnosis, with recommendations. ...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
Not usually: Marfan's snydrome affects the collagen in the body. In addition to risk of lens problems, the cornea (which is made mostly of collagen) can remain unstable throughout life. This can cause prescription changes after lasik, as well as other corneal problems. It is not recommended to have laser vision correction in patients with marfan's. ...Read more
Joint instability: Can lead to more joint pain in marian's patients but cramping is likely not associated. ...Read more
Stature and heart: Marfans people are tall, skinny, with valve problems, joint instability, but also have aortic problems. Ehlers danlos has hypermobility, subluxations, but also certain types of eds have tissue fragility, spontaneous pneumothorax, joint subluxation, and has difficulty healing. ...Read more
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
No,: Marfan's is diagnosed using major and minor criteria: major (enlarged aorta/ tear, dislocation of lens of the eye, specific skeletal abnormalities, dural ectasia. Minor (myopia, stretch marks, loose joints, arched palate, long thin face) if family history is positive, you need to have 1 major and one minor criteria. If no family history you need 2 major and 1 minor criteria/ different parts /body. ...Read more
Scolosis: While marfan's can be a part of scolosis they are not at all commonly related. There is much more scolosis without marfan's than there is with it. ...Read more
No: The two syndromes have some similar features, but they are different syndromes that are unrelated. Klinefelter syndrome is caused by ahaving at least one extra x chromosome in a person who has a y chromosome (normal male=46 xy, klinefelter=47xxy). Typical Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in fbn1, coding for fibrillin-1. ...Read more
There are two chronic issues in Marfan's from the cardiovascular point of view.
1. Ascending aortic dilatation.
2. Mitral valve disease.
By reducing heart rate and blood pressure, Atenolol reduces shear stress in the ascending aortic, reducing the rate of dilatation.
By reducing blood pressure, the mitral valve will be less incompetent.
Take the med. See your doctor regularly. ...Read more
Slow ; Steady wins:
The race. Eat healthy foods
that are high in calories. Eat 6 meals /day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin. ...Read more
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
PFS can happen: Marfan syndrome patients can get aches and pains in many joints because of the looser ligaments trying to hold the joints together at rest and under physical stress. Patellofemoral syndrome is common in normal, active school-aged children, so it is hard to tell whether or not it occurs more often in Marfan syndrome kids. ...Read more
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