Marfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue, the tissue that strengthens the body's structures. Disorders of connective tissue affect the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin. Symptoms of Marfan syndrome vary greatly, even among members of the same family.
Some people experience only mild effects, but others develop life-threatening complications. In most cases, the disease tends to worsen with age. Its also found in all races and ethnic groups, It is not found in any specific person is Marfan syndrome is caused by a defect (or mutation) in the gene that tells the body how to make fibrillin-1. Fibrillin is a glycoprotein, which is essential for the formation of elastic fibers found in connective tissue. Without the correct amount of fibrillin, the body develops certain mutations in the body's joints and organs. In addition, affected individuals are usually tall and slender with elongated fingers and toes and other skeletal abnormalities. A high, arched palate and crowded teeth, Heart murmurs, Extreme nearsightedness, An abnormally curved spine and Flat feet are also some mutations that may come with marfans syndrome.
Sadly,according to scientist, there is no cure for Marfans Syndrome. However there is ways of treatment. Aortic dilation, or aortic aneurysm, is the most common and serious heart problem linked to Marfan syndrome. In this condition, the aorta—the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to your body—stretches and grows weak. Medicines are used to try to slow the rate of aortic dilation. Surgery is used to replace the dilated segment of aorta before it tears. Beta blockers are medicines that help your heart beat slower and with less force. These medicines may help relieve strain on your aorta and slow the rate of aortic dilation. Not all treatments work on every patient though, but treatments can help delay or prevent complications, especially when started early.
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