Marfan's syndrome

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Marfan's syndrome

A rare AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT genetic disorder involving weakness of the extracellular matrix protein fibrillin 1. The disease is caused by a gene mutation in the FIBRILLIN gene on chromosome 15. Many features of the disease are caused by altered regulation of transforming growth factor beta (TGFB). People with Marfan's syndrome are tall with long extremities and strikingly spider-like fingers (ARACHNODACTYLY). Their joints are unusually mobile and dislocate easily and the internal lenses of the eyes commonly become displaced. The main artery of the body (the AORTA) is abnormally floppy and prone to aneurysm, and heart disease commonly occurs. (Antonin Bernard Jean Marfan, 1858–1942, French physician).
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Q. A friend of mine is suffering from Marfan's syndrome. Should she do any test to check for an aneurysm? My friend is 26 years old and suffers from Marfan's syndrome for all her life. She was told she has a greater risk factor for having an aneurysm. Does she needs any screening for this condition?

A. It is very important to talk with your physician about this. My wife has marfan and we were not aware about the risk of pregnancy in this situation, and she developed an aneurysm. The regular screening is not enough and before life changing decisions you should do another screening.

Q. My neighbor's kid had a lens dislocation due to Marfan's disease. Is this a contagious thing? My neighbor's have a sweet 8 year old boy. he had a lens dislocation due to a connective tissue disease named Marfan (I think that the name). It sounds like a very serious condition. My boy is playing with this kid several hour a week. should I take him to the GP to see that his is not infected with this marfan thing?

A. As in love and war so is in medicine the is no always nor never. It is probably the marfan that caused your neighbor kid the lens dislocation but you can never know for sure.
If you want there is nothing wrong in taking your boy for an annual check of an ophthalmologist.

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van Tintelen et al., "Evaluation of left ventricular dimensions and function in Marfan's syndrome without significant valvular regurgitation," American Journal of Cardiology, vol.
The patient has a normal physical appearance and does not have any features that suggest Marfan's syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, ANCA-positive vasculitis, or Takayasu's arteritis.
I (BB) H 63 SAH Hypertensive 55 cardimyopathy and abdominal aneurysm (BB) H 59 SAH Aortic arc substitution 69 and stent subclavian artery (BB) M 53 SAH Aortic root aneurysm 50 (BB) H 46 SAH B and B aortic arc 55 substitution and revascularization of brachiocephalic trunk M 59 SAH Ascending aorta 60 dissection (BB) M 55 SAH Aortic valve 65 substitution + plastia aorta + Revascularization Coronary: Internal thoracic artery-DA, Venous Hemoduct H 34 SAH Abdominal aneurysm (BB) 100 H 72 SAH B and B aortic arc 70 substitution and revascularization of brachiocephalic trunk H 63 SAH Ascending aortic 51 aneurysm (David) H 31 Marfan's syndrome Ascending Ao.
Ghent nosology is a set of clinical, radiologic and genetic criteria used in diagnosis of Marfan's syndrome. Revised 2010 Ghent nosology uses dural ectasia as one of the systemic features used in diagnostic scoring.
Twenty two (66.7%) eyes had non syndromic lens subluxation, 10 (30.3%) eyes had ectopia lentis due to Marfan's syndrome and 01 (3%) eye had traumatic lens subluxation.
Did Akhenaten suffer from Marfan's Syndrome? Temple Project Newsletter, Akhenaten no.
Bizarrely, one of the pointers to having Marfan's syndrome is being tall and skinny.
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This fourth edition contains new material on hepatitis variation, SARS, anthrax, and Marfan's syndrome. There is also expanded discussion of how CT and MR scans are used in diagnosis.
Treatment of aortic disease in patients with Marfan's syndrome. Circulation.
In patients without Marfan's syndrome, an ascending thoracic aneurysm usually has been repaired when it reached 5.5 cm in diameter, and a descending thoracic aneurysm has been repaired when it reached 6.5 cm.
Ruptured aortic aneurysm is associated with Marfan's syndrome.