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Marfan Syndrome

Alternate Names : Neonatal Marfan Syndrome, Congenital Marfan Syndrome, Infantile Marfan Syndrome

Marfan Syndrome | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Marfan syndrome is present at birth but it sometimes doesn't show any signs until the teen years. The condition can range from mild to very severe. Doctors can pick up the most severe cases in infancy. These infants may have:

  • muscle weakness
  • long thin fingers
  • a long-shaped face
  • loose skin
  • problems with the lens of the eye
  • abnormal heart valves
  • the place where the aorta leaves the heart may be too wide. The aorta is the large blood vessel that takes the blood from the heart to all parts of the body.
  • An older person with Marfan syndrome is often very tall with a long thin face. The arms, fingers, and legs are longer than usual. They can be "double-jointed." The backbone may begin to curve. The whites of the eyes may have a bluish tint. People with Marfan syndrome are often near-sighted. The lens of the eye can become dislocated. There can also be serious problems with the heart valves and the blood vessels.

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    Author: Melinda Ratini, DO, MS
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 01/17/03

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