Marfan Syndrome

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Topic Title: Marfan Syndrome
Created On: 07/25/2011 12:34 PM

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 02/24/2012 04:46 PM

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Cher777

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Gosh, this sounds like a terrible disease. Since it has a genetic component attached, I wonder if there are any documented cases where multiple family members are afflicted.

I believe the people who suffer with this terrible condition tend to be on the taller side, correct? Are there any therapies that can treat Marfan Syndrome? I hope so! If stretch marks are present, do they respond to treatment like ordinary stretch marks, or do they take on completely different characteristics?


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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.

Marfan syndrome affects men, women, and children, and has been found among people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. It is estimated that at least 1 in 5,000 people in the United States have the disorder.

Many people with Marfan syndrome develop stretch marks on their skin, even without any weight change. These stretch marks can occur at any age and pose no health risk. However, people with Marfan syndrome are also at increased risk for developing an abdominal or inguinal hernia, in which a bulge develops that contains part of the intestines.
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