Marfan syndrome is a
disorder that affects the body's connective tissue .
Connective tissue is found everywhere in the body.
Think of it as a type of "glue" that helps support
all of your organs, blood vessels, bones, joints,
people with Marfan syndrome, this "glue" is weaker
than normal. This causes changes in many systems of
the body, but especially the heart, eyes, and bones.
with Marfan syndrome often share similar traits.
They tend to be tall and thin with very long arms,
legs, fingers, and toes. They often develop curves
in their spines (scoliosis) or their chest bones.
They may also be nearsighted and have other problems
with their eyes. But the most serious thing about
Marfan syndrome is what can happen with the heart.
Definition of Marfan syndrome:
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.
Marfan syndrome often affects the long bones of the
body. This can lead to signs, or traits
- A tall, thin build.
- Long arms, legs, fingers, and toes and flexible
- A spine that curves to one side. This condition
is called scoliosis.
- A chest that sinks in or sticks out. pr pectus
excavatum and pectus carinatum,
- Teeth that are too crowded.
- Flat feet.
Stretch marks on the skin also are a common trait in
people who have Marfan syndrome. Stretch marks usually
appear on the lower back, buttocks, shoulders, breasts,
thighs, and abdomen.
Not everyone who has these traits has Marfan
syndrome. Some of these traits also are signs of other
connective tissue disorders.
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