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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Marfan's Syndrome

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

 Marfan's  Syndrome Information  [posted 11/24/98]
Question:  I wold like information on the symptoms as well as the affects of Marfan's in adult life.

Answer:  Marfan's Syndrome is an inherited disorder of connective tissue. There are mary variations and no definitive test. In full form, patients tend to be long and angular(Abraham Lincoln was possibly a Marfan's), the joints are long and very flexible. Complications arise from dilation of the aortic root(outflow from the heart) and death from aortic root disease/dissection/aortic insufficiency. If the patient looks Marfanoid and does not have aortic root dilation. There are usually few problems. Most of the symptoms center on the aortic insufficiency and aortic root disease found in this syndrome.

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