Marfan’s Syndrome. By Zishan Quader. Symptoms. Some of the following symptoms are: I. Skeletal symptoms Long slender and loose jointed bones Indentation of the sternum and scoliosis II. Optical symptoms Dislocation of eye lenses and blurred vision III. Cardiovascular symptoms
By Zishan Quader
Some of the following symptoms are:
I. Skeletal symptoms
Long slender and loose jointed bones
Indentation of the sternum and scoliosis
II. Optical symptoms
Dislocation of eye lenses and blurred vision
III. Cardiovascular symptoms
Abnormal valve movement when heart beats
Aortic Dilation, the stretching of the aorta
IV. Neurological symptoms
Dural Ectasia, when the membrane that surrounds the spinal cord stretches and wears away the backbone
V. Respiratory symptoms
Snoring and collapsing of the lungs
Marfan syndrome is caused by a defect(mutation) in the gene that determines the structure of fibrillin, a protein that is an important part of connective tissue.
Although everyone with Marfan syndrome has a defect in the same gene, the mutation is specific to each family and not everyone experiences the same characteristics to the same degree.
There is no cure for Marfan syndrome. To develop one, scientists may have to identify and change the specific gene responsible for the disorder before birth.
The only treatment option available is to have regular checkups with doctors that specialize with the body systems being affected.
The 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.
The outlook of Marfan syndrome has recently improved. Early diagnosis and advances in medical technology have enhanced the quality of life for people with the Marfan syndrome and lengthened their lifespan. Doctors can now identify early risk factors which can help prevent or delay complications.