MARFAN SYNDROME is a connective tissue disorder, so affects many structures, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels. Symptoms they can be painful to live with and often require numerous surgeries. Because of ligaments and muscles with no elasticity, fingers, arms, legs and hips often dislocate. Another symptom that has just recently been acknowledged as a possible symptom is the migraine headache. The possible cause for this being the arteries becoming less elastic.
It is highly recommended that children and adults with Marfan Syndrome get counseling with a good therapist. While a person may seem to accept the disease, there can be some deep seated fears that they have refused to acknowledge. Sometimes, just living with the pain day in and day out can be extremely stressful. . Different people may need different types of treatment. Some people may not need treatment, but others may need
drugs that lower heart rate, blood pressure or both. When the aorta or aortic
valve develop major problems, surgery is usually advised.
The Marfan syndrome is inherited and affects many parts of the body. There’s no single conclusive test for diagnosing it, but people who have it often have many similar traits. Besides perhaps having heart problems, people with the Marfan Syndrome are often tall and thin. They also may have slender, tapering fingers, long arms and legs, curvature of the spine and eye problems. Sometimes the Marfan syndrome is so mild that few (if any) symptoms exist. In the most severe cases, which are rare, life-threatening problems may occur at any age.
The heart abnormalities associated with this condition are however the most life-threatening and the most important to detect. The major heart abnormality is weakening of the root of the aorta which leads to dilation of that root and, at extremes, aneurysm formation and rupture.
Aortic Dissection is the primary cause of death in individuals