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Marfan's Syndrome

 

Marfan's Syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue in the body. It involves tissue in areas such as the eye, skeletal system and blood vessels. Marfan’s is an inherited disorder. People with Marfan’s syndrome may have one or more of the following manifestations:

  • Unusual height and span of the arms exceeding the height
  • Long fingers and toes (arachnodactyly, or “spider digits”)
  • Deformity of the breastbone (sternum) and spine
  • Excessive flexibility of joints
  • Unusually high palate
  • Dislocation of the lens of the eye
  • Enlargement of the aorta of the heart
  • Leakage of the aortic valve of the heart

Diagnoses of Marfan’s are not based on any single feature, nor are there any features that exclude it. Knowledge of a family history is very helpful in identifying whether or not a patient has Marfan’s. Echocardiography is another useful tool for monitoring patients with Marfan’s syndrome.


Last Edited: May 28, 2015
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