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marfan syndrome
Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects connective tissue, the fibers that provide the framework and support for the human body. Marfan syndrome can involve many different body systems, including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and skeleton.
Symptoms may include:
  • disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers and toes
  • breastbone that protrudes outward or dips inward
  • high, arched palate and crowded teeth
  • heart murmur
  • extreme nearsightedness
  • curved spine
  • aortic rupture
Marfan syndrome is caused by a defect in the gene that enables the body to produce a protein that helps give connective tissue its elasticity and strength.  Most people with Marfan syndrome inherit the abnormal gene from a parent who has the disorder.


Treatment may include:


  • Skeletal problems
    • custom-made back brace
    • surgery

  • Eye problems
    • glasses
    • contact lenses
    • surgery

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