Marfan syndrome: Introduction
Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, so affects many structures, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels. The disease is characterized by ... more about Marfan syndrome.
Marfan syndrome: A genetic connective tissue disorder involving a defect of chromosome 15q21.1 which affects the production of the fibrillin needed to make connective tissue.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of Marfan syndrome is available below.
Symptoms of Marfan syndrome
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symptoms of Marfan syndrome
Treatments for Marfan syndrome
- Treatments for skeletal abnormalities
- Treatments for eye abnormalities and myopia
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treatments for Marfan syndrome
Home Diagnostic Testing
Home medical testing related to Marfan syndrome:
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Marfan syndrome?
Marfan syndrome: Related Patient Stories
- Son has Marfan's Syndrome
- I need help -Long
- Joint pain, rash, reoccuring fever, fatigue, headaches (long post)
- How Long DO I have to WAIT
- Many symptoms. No Diagnosis. Help me! (im sorry its long)
- Intense, scary, long-lasting vertigo...
- long, strange trip
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- Loss Of Lumbar Lordosis
- Joint pain, rash, reoccuring fever, fatigue, headaches (long post)
- your thoughts and suggestions would be highly appreciated
- Misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, sorry it's long...
- Chest Deformity
- Marfan syndrome?
- Chest discomfort and Slugishness and joint pain please help.
- numerous sytptems, two possible culprits.(meth or wisdom teeth? both?)
- Long complicated story
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Marfan syndrome: Deaths
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Marfan syndrome: Complications
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Causes of Marfan syndrome
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Disease Topics Related To Marfan syndrome
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Less Common Symptoms of Marfan syndrome
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occasional symptoms of Marfan syndrome
Marfan syndrome: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:
Misdiagnosis and Marfan syndrome
Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss,
there are varying degrees of severity.
It is altogether too common for people to die from undiagnosed heart...read more »
Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also
many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder.
Some of the conditions...read more »
Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations
and rapid heartbeat....read more »
Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed,
leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed.
People become concerned that a...read more »
Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue
with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure.
The ...read more »
Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often
misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its misdiagnosis is even more likely in children.
Some of the...read more »
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Marfan syndrome: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Hospitals & Clinics: Marfan syndrome
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Marfan syndrome: Rare Types
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Latest Treatments for Marfan syndrome
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latest treatments for Marfan syndrome
Evidence Based Medicine Research for Marfan syndrome
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Marfan syndrome: Animations
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Prognosis for Marfan syndrome
Prognosis for Marfan syndrome:
Good, with often normal lifespan, but it is a lifelong condition requiring adequate medical care.
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Research about Marfan syndrome
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Clinical Trials for Marfan syndrome
The US based website ClinicalTrials.gov lists information on both federally
and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
Some of the clinical trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov for Marfan syndrome include:
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Statistics for Marfan syndrome
Marfan syndrome: Broader Related Topics
Types of Marfan syndrome
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Article Excerpts about Marfan syndrome
Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)
Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, so affects many structures, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels. The disease is characterized by unusually long limbs, and is believed to have affected Abraham Lincoln.
(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
Questions and Answers about Marfan Syndrome: NIAMS (Excerpt)
Marfan syndrome is a heritable condition that affects the
connective tissue. The primary purpose of connective tissue is to hold
the body together and provide a framework for growth and development. In
Marfan syndrome, the connective tissue is defective and does not act as
it should. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body,
Marfan syndrome can affect many body systems, including the skeleton,
eyes, heart and blood vessels, nervous system, skin, and lungs.
(Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers about Marfan Syndrome: NIAMS)
Definitions of Marfan syndrome:
A hereditary disorder of connective tissue characterized by tall stature, elongated extremities, subluxation of the lens, dilatation of the ascending aorta, and "pigeon breast." It is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Marfan syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Marfan syndrome, or a subtype of Marfan syndrome,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Marfan syndrome as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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