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What is the average life span of someone who has eds or marfans?

What is the average life span of someone who has eds or marfans?

Generally, normal: People with eds generally have a normal lifespan. Though, those with the rare vascular type of eds have a high risk of sudden death from organ or vessel rupture. Heart-related complications can shorten the lifespan of people with marfan syndrome, though many live into their 60's and 70's (i.e. Normal lifespan) with careful medical management. ...Read more

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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length ...Read more


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Difference between eds and marfans?

Difference between eds and marfans?

Complications: There are several forms of both. Ehlers-danlos syndrome is often associated with skin hypersensitivity and aortic dissection, dependent on type. Marfans is more associated with joint hyperextensibility, cataracts and sometime aortic dissection. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Marfan syndrome and eds?

What's the difference between Marfan syndrome and eds?

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

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How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers without Marfan's or eds?

How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers without Marfan's or eds?

Not rare at all: Flexibility of the joints, both large and small, is common. Many normal folks have this, and so do folks with certain genetic conditions, like eds and marfan syndrome, two of hundreds of genetic conditions that feature joint hyperextensibility. Are you worried about these conditions? Bring your concerns up with your regular doctor at your next check up. ...Read more

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In relation to genetic conditions what is eds? Marfans?

In relation to genetic conditions what is eds? Marfans?

See below:: Ehlers–danlos syndrome (eds) is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen (type i or iii). Marfan's syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. People with marfan's tend to be unusually tall, with long limbs and long, thin fingers. It is caused by defects in a gene called fibrillin-1. ...Read more

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Is marfan's syndrome asociated with a shortened life span?

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

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Is it possible for someone to have a combo of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome?

Is it possible for someone to have a combo of connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos syndrome?

Yes, but unlikely: Both Marfan syndrome (see http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/mar/) and Ehlers Danlos syndrome (see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001468.htm) are conditions where mutations in proteins that are main components of connective tissue are abnormal which can result in a number of tissue abnormalities and possible health problems.Not likely both conditions at same time ...Read more

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Is it possible to have extra stretchy skin without having some serious underlying condition like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan Syndrome?

Is it possible to have extra stretchy skin without having some serious underlying condition like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan Syndrome?

Potentially: There certainly is a variation in what is considered normal for skin elasticity. Don't hesitate to be seen if there is a question. A biopsy can usually be pretty definitive if there'd is any question about the diagnosis. ...Read more