ERIC Number: ED443241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Questions & Answers about...Marfan Syndrome.
National Inst. of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
This fact sheet answers general questions about Marfan syndrome, a heritable condition that affects the connective tissue. It describes the characteristics of the disorder, the diagnostic process, and ways to manage symptoms. Characteristics include: (1) people with Marfan syndrome are typically very tall, slender, and loose jointed; (2) more than half of all people with Marfan syndrome experience dislocation of one or both lenses of the eye; (3) most people with Marfan syndrome have abnormalities associated with the heart and blood vessels; (4) the brain and spinal cord are surrounded by fluid contained by a membrane called the dura, and as people with Marfan syndrome get older, the dura often weakens and stretches, then begins to weigh on the vertebrae in the lower spine and wear away the bone surrounding the spinal cord; and (5) many people with Marfan syndrome develop stretch marks on their skin. Treatment options include orthopedic braces or surgery, eyeglasses or contact lenses, beta-blockers, and medication to minimize any associated pain with dural ectasia. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Clinical Diagnosis, Etiology, Individual Characteristics, Intervention, Outcomes of Treatment, Physical Disabilities, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Bethesda, MD.