What Is Marfan Syndrome?
Marfan syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder that affects connective tissue throughout the body, including in the heart.
People with this syndrome usually are tall and thin and have long limbs and fingers. It's present at birth and tends to worsen with age.
Marfan syndrome risk factors and causes
Marfan syndrome affects many organs and systems throughout the body, including the:
- Blood vessels
Some people have enlarged aortas, which can be life threatening.
Marfan syndrome complications
Because Marfan syndrome affects many structures of the body, complications can be wide-ranging and may include:
- Problems with bones and connective tissues.
- Heart and aortic problems, including:
- Early onset of common eye problems like macular degeneration.
Regular medical monitoring is necessary, especially if Marfan syndrome affects the heart and aorta.