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Marfan Syndrome. Introduction & Overview. What is Marfan Syndrome?. Connective Tissue Disorder Malformation of Chromosome 15 Affects bodily structures: Skeleton Lungs Eyes Heart Blood vessels. What is Connective Tissue?. “Cellular Glue”

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marfan syndrome

Marfan Syndrome

Introduction & Overview

what is marfan syndrome
What is Marfan Syndrome?

Connective Tissue Disorder

Malformation of Chromosome 15

  • Affects bodily structures:
      • Skeleton
      • Lungs
      • Eyes
      • Heart
      • Blood vessels
what is connective tissue
What is Connective Tissue?

“Cellular Glue”

The material between the cells of the body that gives tissues form and strength

Serves to support, bind together, and protect organs

skeleton
Skeleton

Affects people in different ways

  • very tall
  • Slender
  • loose jointed
  • arms, legs, fingers, and toes may be disproportionately long
  • long, narrow face
  • Sternum protruding or indented
  • curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
  • flat feet
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Eyes

Affects people in different ways

  • dislocation of one or both lenses
  • Retinal detachment - possible serious complication
  • nearsighted (myopic),
  • glaucoma (high pressure within the eye)
  • cataracts
cardiovascular
Cardiovascular

Affects people in different ways

  • problems associated with the heart and blood vessels
  • abnormal valve motion - heart murmur
  • left chambers of the heart is defective
  • shortness of breath, fatigue and palpitations
  • aortic dilation - sudden death
nervous system
Nervous system

Affects people in different ways

  • dural ectasia - widening of the spinal fluid sac
  • mild discomfort or may lead to radiated pain in the abdomen or to pain,
  • numbness and weakness of the legs
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Skin

Affects people in different ways

  • stretch marks - without any significant weight change
  • abdominal or inguinal (groin) hernia
lungs
Lungs

Affects people in different ways

  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • early emphysema, without a history of smoking
  • snoring and sleep apnoea
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Regan Lawton

Father Deceased 1997

Left lens removed

Visual requirements

Bifocal Glasses

Inevitable Aortic Dissection

Beta Blockers

summary
Summary
  • Surgery
  • Better Nutrition
  • Beta blockers
  • Prevention
  • Avoid extensive exercise - contact sports and heavy weights
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