5 characteristics of Marfan Syndrome

According to National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases , from the United States, Marfan syndrome It is a disorder that affects the connective tissue, which supports many parts of the body.

It is expected that three out of every five thousand people suffer from Marfan syndrome , points out the Marfan Organization of Mexico , but how does it identify itself, what are its characteristics?


5 characteristics of Marfan Syndrome

This syndrome is transmitted from parents to children through the genes , or it can also be the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. It affects connective tissue, which provides nutrients, gives shape and strength to tissues to perform their functions.

The patients are very tall, thin and have very flexible joints, but among the main characteristics are:


  1. Bones longer than normal
  2. Long and narrow face; crowded teeth and arched palate
  3. Bent bent column, flat feet
  4. Heart problems, weakness of the aorta
  5. Myopia, glaucoma, cataracts or retinal detachment

In addition, people with Marfan syndrome They may have stretch marks on the skin, hernias, problems in the lungs such as snoring or sleep apnea, stiffness in the small air sacs in the lungs.

Therefore, it is necessary to go with various specialists for treatment as a general practitioner, cardiologist, orthopedist, ophthalmologist and the one in charge of studying genetics.

There is no cure for Marfan syndrome, however, some activities can help prevent problems related to the skeleton, the heart, the eyes, the nervous system and the lungs.

Even, the specialists detail that a diet balanced to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as the practice of a low impact exercise. And you, do you know anyone with Marfan Syndrome?

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