5 facts about Marfan syndrome

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Marfan syndrome is an inherited connective tissue disorder that affects the fibers that support and anchor the organs and other structures in the body.

Here are 5 facts you should know about Marfan syndrome:

  • Patients with Marfan syndrome are often tall and thin with unusually long arms, legs, fingers, and toes.
  • Marfan syndrome most commonly affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels, and skeleton and can lead to a range of mild to severe complications.
  • Symptoms of Marfan syndrome vary from patient to patient and even among members of the same family. While some patients may experience mild symptoms, others may develop more severe or life-threatening complications. These may include:
  • Flat feet
  • Heart murmurs
  • Extreme nearsightedness
  • A high, arched palate and crowded teeth
  • A breastbone that protrudes outwards or dips inwards
  • Genetic testing, along with a series of other tests, can help diagnose Marfan syndrome. These may include:
  • Flat feet
  • Heart murmurs
  • Extreme nearsightedness
  • A high, arched palate and crowded teeth
  • A breastbone that protrudes outwards or dips inwards
  • Medications and surgical procedures can help manage symptoms and prevent complications. Regular checkups with a physician are crucial for monitoring the disease and limiting progression.

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