Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a disorder affecting connective tissue in the body. Connective tissue is made up of proteins and not only does it help the body in its growth and development, but it holds all the body's cells, organs, and tissue together. Marfan syndrome can affect different parts of the body, but the main disorders are found in the heart and eyes, the bones and joints and blood vessels.   Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder as 3 out of 4 people inherit the mutated gene from a parent. The other 1 out of the four develops on its own as a spontaneous mutation. There are features specific to Marfan syndrome that can be seen in newborn babies, but others won't develop signs until they are older. Those with this condition are usually tall and thin and have very long arms and fingers, legs and toes. A protruding or inverse breastbone is common as well as a curved spine and flat feet. The severity of Marfan syndrome can cause a variety of complications in the skeleton, eyes, and heart. There are many tests to undergo before proper diagnosis, and it is better to diagnose at an early age if you suspect your child has some of the symptoms.


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