the people with this disorder are long and thin, they also have a longer arm SPAN THAN THEIR HEIGHT
they can also have severe nearsightedness and eye problems
some people have curved spines, flat feet, and there chest sinks in or sticks out
long arms, legs, and fingers
tall thin body type
tall thin body type
about 1 in 5000 people have Marfan syndrome, including men and women of all races and ethnic groups
about 3 out of 4 people inherit it
there is a 50% chance that person with Marfan syndrome will pass along the syndrome each time they have a child
one symptom is a curved spine, people can get a back brace to help them
most people with Marfan syndrome have severe nearsightedness to help them they have eye glasses or contacts
some people's aorta diameter enlarges quickly or reaches about 2 inches if they have Marfan syndrome. to help them they have AORTIC REPAIR.
some people take beta blockers to make the heart go slower to relive stress on there aortic. one side effect for this is tiredness and nausea.
beta blockers can cost $10 per month
back braces can cost $40-$1,000 depending on what you want
glasses can cost $100-$400 also depending on what you want
dental and orthodontic MANAGEMENT is vital in those AFFECTED by Marfan syndrome. teeth OVERCROWDING is common.
Some famous people with Marfan syndrome are:
Michael phelps and
Michael lives with Marfan syndrome by being tested once a year at John's Hopkins under the direction of Dr. Peter Roe to sees if the tissues are strong and the aortic ROOT is clear and to see if his heart is in good shape.
used from Michael Phelps book exert
Scientists are conducting research on Marfan syndrome to better understand what happens once the genetic defect or mutation occurs and How it changes the way connective tissue develops and functions in the body.
other scientists are evaluating the usefulness of certain medications in preventing or reducing problems with the aorta.
the research helps to pinpoint more effective treatments for Marfan syndrome and the related disorders and to allow better diagnoses for Marfan syndrome.
the research "has helped reduce life-threatening problems from these conditions, identified treatments that have improved the quality of life, and helped people to live a long life with Marfan syndrome and related disorders."
QUOTED FROM THE MARFAN FOUNDATION