Yes. Marfan syndrome patients can have mild to severe symptoms. Their muscles can grow, but there may be weakness in the connective tissues that help support the muscles and attach muscles to other parts of the body.
Of Course. Though it can be difficult, there is no specific issue with muscular growth per se. However, many people with Marfan are exercise-restricted--especially from weight lifting. So, again, it can be difficult. Please discuss this with your doctor before starting a specific exercise regimen.
Usually. A person with marfan's syndrome usually grows to be taller than average.
Rarely. Occasionally, a person with Marfan syndrome will have normal height, but the majority of people with Marfan syndrome tall. Even if people with Marfan syndrome who have normal height, there long bones tend to be longer than typical, resulting in longer than typical arms, legs, and fingers.
Usually yes. A Marfan syndrome person with a current or recent pneumothorax (collapsed lung) should not fly (unless the airplane stays close to his airport's altitude) because the decrease in outside air pressure as the airplane ascends can allow his pneumothorax to enlarge and compress the lungs and heart.
Yes. The only abnormality that might affect the ability to fly in patients with Marfan syndrome would be if there are very large, unstable blebs in the lungs. This is an uncommon part of Marfan syndrome. Even in patients with pulmonary blebs and Marfan syndrome, most typically, there would be no problems with flight.
Can I still be active in full contact sports with Marfan syndrome? Lets say its a mild one and I don't take any treatment yet
See below. As long as your echo is normal, you should be fine.
Can you still have Marfan syndrome without haveing long limbs? I have all the other symptoms and my doctor thinks it's a possibility.
Variable signs. Arachnoid digits and limbs are common. High arched pallet, pes cavus, ectopic lens, mitral prolapse, are some other signs, but variability is common. Testing can guide.
Unusual. Each patient with Marfan syndrome has a different presentation. Without long limbs (arms/legs) it would be unusual to have true Marfan syndrome, but those findings are not very important diagnostic criteria. The cardinal features aortic root dilation (aneurysm) and dislocated lenses. The website http://www. Marfan. Org is helpful to patients and physicians.