Why do people with Marfan syndrome develop scoliosis?

Loose ligaments. Over half of people with marfan's get scoliosis, but only about a third of these need treatment. It results from loose connective tissue which makes scoliosis more likely.
Connective tisssue. Marfans syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the body's connective tissue. The development of scoliosis in marfan's is caused by abnormally loose ligaments of the spine and rapid growth of children with marfan's.

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I have scoliosis, does that mean I also have Marfan syndrome?

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...
No. Many people who have marfan's have scoliosis, but not many people with scoliosis have marfan's (because scoliosis is way more common than marfan's). Read more...

Please help! If I have scoliosis, do I also have Marfan syndrome?

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...

What type of learning disability do people with Marfan syndrome usually have?

Visual disabilities. Marfan syndrome patients, if severe, can have disabilities involving vision, such as reading. Patients can have dislocated lens in the eyes (lens are out of position and cannot focus properly), retinal detachments (retina comes off the inside surface of the eyeballs), early cataracts (lens become cloudy), or early glaucoma (excess pressure inside the eyeballs). Read more...
None. Marfan's is an inherited connective tissue disorder that does not impact the brain. Marfan's people are no different than the regular population in learning, intellect, achievement, academic success or social skills. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001455/ for further information on marfan's. Read more...

Can people with Marfan syndrome live long lives?

Varies by severity. People with mild marfan syndrome symptoms probably live a pretty normal lifespan. Those with severe symptoms can die from heart valve problems, rupture of the aorta, tension pneumothorax, etc..., before they reach old age. Of course, those with moderate symptoms will have a lifespan in between. Read more...
Yes, depends. The longevity of someone with marfan depends on the severity of disease. They can live long if there is no significant heart or other marfan-related conditions. Read more...