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2: What Is Marfan Syndrome? Marfan Syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue, this disorder also affects the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin. | What??

3: People with Marfan syndrome are usually tall with long, thin arms and legs and spider-like fingers More Symptoms -A chest that sinks in or sticks out -Flat feet -Highly arched palate and crowded teeth -Hypotonia (floppy flexible skin) -Joints that are too flexible -Learning disability -Dislocation of eye lens Nearsightedness -Small lower jaw (micrognathia) -Spine that curves to one side (scoliosis) -Thin, narrow face | Symptoms

4: Who? | Who Does Marfan Syndrome Affect? Marfan syndrome affects people of all races, genders, & ethnicities.

5: Cause? | Causes & Pattern Of Inheritance The main cause of Marfan syndrome is the mutation in the gene that determines the structure of fibrillin-1, a protein that is an important part of connective tissue. The defective gene that causes Marfan syndrome can be inherited: The child of a person who has Marfan syndrome has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease. Sometimes a new gene defect occurs when the sperm or egg cells form, making it possible for two parents without the disease to have a child with the disease.

6: Treatment For Marfan Syndrome Right now, there is no cure for Marfan Syndrome, but in the futrue with gene therapy there might be a cure, but until then people use some of these options to live with their symptoms. ~Many doctors prescribe blood pressure lowering drugs to help prevent the aorta from enlarging which reduces the risk for it to basically explode. Most of these drugs are beta blockers, which cause your heat to beat more slowly & not with as much force. Many people chose to wear glasses or contacts because vision is a large problem as well. Also, many people with Marfan syndrome get aorta repair (surgery if the aorta becomes to large), treatment for scoliosis (to fix curve in spine), & breastbone correction (if breastbone in sunken in or protruding). | Treatment

7: The karyotype for Marfan syndrome is the same for a regular person because the mutation that causes Marfan syndrome can't be seen in a karyotype. | Life Expectancy For People W/ Marfan The average life expectancy for females with Marfan Syndrome has risen from 49, in the 1990s, to 74 years old, & for males it has risen from 41 to 70 years old. | Life Expectancy

8: Extra Facts | Facts -Abraham Lincoln suffered from Marfan syndrome, & it is believed that Michael Phelps does as well. -Pulling a tooth from someone with Marfan syndrome could kill them. -February is Marfan syndrome's awarness month. - People with Marfan syndrome can bend their fingers more than 90 degrees

9: Works Cited "Click Here To Play: What Do You Know about Marfan's Syndrome?" What Do You Know about Marfan's Syndrome? Fun Trivia. Web. 04 Mar. 2013. "Facts of Marfan Syndrome." Facts of Marfan Syndrome. Marfan Association UK, Apr.-May 2007. Web. 04 Mar. 2013. "Marfan Syndrome." Fast Facts about Marfan Syndrome. Aug. 2007. Web. 04 Mar. 2013.

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