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Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder affecting the connective tissue that supports your body and plays a role in how it grows and develops.

The disorder usually interferes with tissue in the bones, eyes, heart, lungs and spinal cord covering.

Marfan syndrome symptoms include the following:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Hyperflexible joints
  • Disproportionately long arms, fingers, legs and toes

Marfan syndrome: what you should know

  • Heart and blood vessel problems are the most serious Marfan syndrome complications. The aorta, the main blood vessel that provides the body with blood, may stretch and weaken, potentially causing an aortic aneurysm.
  • The majority of people who have Marfan syndrome have it passed down from their parents. If you are affected, you have a 50 percent chance of passing the gene to your children.

Care for Marfan syndrome at Rush

Experts at Rush have many years of experience diagnosing and treating Marfan syndrome. A diagnosis is made based on the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Family history
  • Genetic testing (possibly)

There is no cure for Marfan syndrome, but it is manageable. Specialists in cardiology, rheumatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush collaborate to provide you with personalized treatment. Your care may include the following:

  • Regular testing for potential complications
  • Drugs, such as beta blockers, to manage heart problems
  • Surgery if an aortic aneurysm develops

Why choose Rush for Marfan syndrome care

  • The Rush Connective Tissue Disease Clinic features compassionate physicians, nurses and other medical staff who focus on connective tissue diseases such as Marfan syndrome.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently awards high national rankings to some of the programs at Rush that may provide your care, including cardiology and orthopedics.
  • In addition to their clinical work, physicians at Rush are leaders in research and education.

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