Marfan syndrome is a variable condition of the connective tissue of the body and may affect the eyes, skeleton, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

It is hereditary in 75% of cases and spontaneous in 25%.
There is a 50/50 chance of passing on the marfan gene to each child
from an affected parent.

A classic Marfan sufferer is usually tall and thin with long arms and legs, the joints of which are often lax and painful and prone to dislocation. Diagnosis is sometimes first made by an optician as the lens can dislocate ( which happens in few other conditions ) and retinal detachment may also occur.

The skeleton is often affected by scoliosis and this twisting of the spine can cause chest deformity. ( Pigeon chest or dipped – chest )

It is believed that well over 10,000 people in the United Kingdom suffer from Marfan syndrome.

Information Courtesy of:
The Marfan Association
Marfan Association
Rochester House
Aldershot Road
Fleet, Hants
GU13 9NG

Tel: 01252 810472.
Fax: 01252 810473

Email: The Marfan Association

For Further information visit the website
www.marfan.org.uk

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