Question: Can You Have A Mild Case Of Marfan Syndrome?

What is the difference between Marfan and Ehlers Danlos?

Unlike Marfan syndrome, the fragile tissues and skin and unstable joints found in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are due to defects in a group of proteins called collagen, proteins that add strength and elasticity to connective tissue..

At what age is Marfan syndrome usually diagnosed?

Their ages when the Marfan syndrome was first diagnosed ranged from 32 to 72 years (mean age, 46 years). Of these 28 patients, 7 were older than 50 years of age at the time of initial diagnosis.

Can you have Marfan syndrome and not know it?

People are born with Marfan syndrome and related conditions, but they may not notice any features until later in life. However, features of Marfan syndrome and related disorders can appear at any age. Some people have many features at birth or as young children.

What Marfan syndrome looks like?

Marfan syndrome most commonly affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels and skeleton. People with Marfan syndrome are usually tall and thin with disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers and toes. The damage caused by Marfan syndrome can be mild or severe.

What limitations does a person with Marfan syndrome have?

People who have Marfan syndrome may be tall and thin with long arms, legs, fingers, and toes, as well as flexible joints. The most serious complications are problems in the heart and blood vessels, such as weakening or bulging of the aorta.

What if your arms are longer than your height?

People with Marfan syndrome are often tall with long, thin arms and legs and spider-like fingers (called arachnodactyly). The length of the arms is greater than height when arms are stretched out.

Does Marfan syndrome affect lifespan?

Despite the high risk for Marfan related cardiovascular problems, the average life expectancy of those with Marfan syndrome is nearly 70 years. The life expectancy in this syndrome has increased to greater than 25% since 1972.

Can you have marfans and not be tall?

Not everyone who’s tall or thin or nearsighted has the disease. People who have Marfan syndrome have very specific symptoms that usually occur together, and it’s this pattern that doctors look for when diagnosing it.

How do you rule out Marfan syndrome?

How is Marfan syndrome diagnosed?echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT)DNA test to locate and confirm the genetic defect.

What celebrity has marfans?

Abraham Lincoln is the most famous American who had Marfan syndrome. So did Julius Caesar and Tutankhamen. In more recent times, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, basketball prospect Isaiah Austin and, perhaps, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had Marfan syndrome.

Are all Marfan patients tall?

Sometimes Marfan syndrome is so mild, few if any, symptoms occur. In most cases, the disease progresses with age and symptoms of Marfan syndrome become noticeable as changes in connective tissue occur. People with Marfan syndrome are often very tall and thin.