ERIC Number: ED309587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
The Marfan Syndrome [and] Fact Sheet.
Pyeritz, Reed E.; Conant, Julia
This introduction to the Marfan syndrome, a heritable disorder of connective tissue primarily affecting the bones and ligaments, eyes, cardiovascular system, and lungs, is intended for a general audience. The question-and-answer format was chosen by individuals with the syndrome to reflect their major questions and concerns. It incorporates the experiences of patients, relatives, and health professionals. Topics addressed include: skeletal features; effects on the eyes; cardiovascular features; other features; causes; diagnosis; who can be affected; potential for a cure; the most effective forms of treatment; the outlook and lifestyle for affected persons; common parent reactions; common reactions of affected adults; reactions of teenagers and young adults; family concerns; use of medications or special diets; how the syndrome is passed in families; the decision of affected persons to have children; need for informed physicians in routine medical care; current research; and organizations providing support and information. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Attitudes, Cardiovascular System, Clinical Diagnosis, Drug Therapy, Heredity, Human Posture, Information Sources, Life Style, Medical Services, Nutrition, Organizations (Groups), Parent Attitudes, Physical Characteristics, Physical Disabilities, Physicians, Research, Social Support Groups, Visual Impairments, Young Adults
National Marfan Foundation, 382 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050 (Document, $2.00; Fact Sheet, no charge for single copies, $10.00 for 100 copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Marfan Foundation, Port Washington, NY.