Alternate Names : Neonatal Marfan Syndrome, Congenital Marfan Syndrome, Infantile Marfan Syndrome
What can be done to prevent the disease?
Marfan syndrome cannot be prevented. It is more common in children of older fathers.
A child has a 50% chance of inheriting Marfan syndrome from an affected parent. However, up to one-third
of people with Marfan syndrome are the first ones to have it in their family. Genetic counseling is important
for all affected families.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
When the diagnosis is made early, steps can be taken to prevent or treat many
complications that can occur with the eyes, heart, and spine. However, if Marfan syndrome is not diagnosed,
it can lead to problems with the heart that can be life threatening. Also, untreated eye problems can lead
to decreased vision or blindness. If the spine is not checked, curvature can occur. A severe curvature of the
spine can cause many problems. These can include breathing problems, arthritis, and pain.
What are the risks to others?
Marfan syndrome is not catching. Any family that is affected by the syndrome should have