FC: Marfan Syndrome By Delaney Busching
1: What is Marfan Syndrome? Marfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue that affects the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin.
2: Symptom include... A chest that sinks in or sticks out --funnel chest (pectus excavatum) or pigeon breast (pectus carinatum) Flat feet Highly arched palate and crowded teeth Hypotonia Joints that are too flexible (but the elbows may be less flexible) Learning disability Movement of the lens of the eye from its normal position (dislocation) Nearsightedness Small lower jaw (micrognathia) Spine that curves to one side (scoliosis) Thin, narrow face
3: Causes Marfan Syndrome is caused by a defect in one of the genes crucial for the construction of the connective tissue called Fibrillin 1. Usually it is passed down through genetics, but it can occur "sporadically" or with no family history.
4: Life Expectancy Due to advancements in medicines and technology the life expectancy for someone with Marfan Syndrome is around 74 for women and around 70 for men.
5: Statisctics Throughout the world, Marfan Syndrome affects one out of every 5,000 people. That equates to 200,000 people of any gender, race or age in the United States.
6: Treatment There are many treatments used to treat the associated ailments with Marfan Syndrome such as issues with your arteries or in your eyes, but there is no cure.
7: Works Cited http://www.marfan.org/marfan/2665/Life-Expectancy http://stanfordhospital.org/clinicsmedServices/COE/heart/DiseasesConditions/marfan/?gclid=CKGwvpb7-rQCFZGPPAodXGoAJQ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001455/