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Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome: Introduction

Marfan syndrome: 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

Treatments for Marfan syndrome

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Marfan syndrome?

Marfan syndrome: Related Patient Stories

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

Marfan syndrome: Undiagnosed Conditions

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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 »

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

Evidence Based Medicine Research for Marfan syndrome

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Marfan syndrome: Animations

Prognosis for Marfan syndrome

Prognosis for Marfan syndrome: Good, with often normal lifespan, but it is a lifelong condition requiring adequate medical care.

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:

Statistics for Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome: Broader Related Topics

Marfan syndrome Message Boards

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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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