THERE ARE no specific laboratory tests to diagnose Marfan syndrome. It can only be diagnosed by observation and detailed study of the medical history of the patient, and there are no medications for the treatment of this disorder, only surgical methods are available for treatment,” Dr. Ravindra Jain, Pediatrician, told this Citizen Journalist, ading that the symptoms of Marfan syndrome progresses with the age of the person.
The individuals with this syndrome are typically very tall, and their arms, legs and fingers are disproportionately long and slender. They may have eye problems, due to the dislocation of one or both the lenses of eyes. The person with Marfan syndrome may suffer from serious complications due to retinal detachment. Marfan syndrome disorder is also associated with heart diseases. The wall of the aorta may be stretched and weakened due to aortic dilation, and this increases the risk of rupturing of aorta, which leads to sudden death.
1. The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a connective tissue called 'dura' which contains a fluid. In the person with Marfan syndrome the dura is often starched and weak, and causes dural ectasia. These changes may lead to pain, weakness and numbness in the legs.
2. Individuals with Marfan syndrome develop stretch marks on the skin, without any weight loss, as per medical website MedicineNet.
a) Provide current and accurate information about Marfan syndrome to people.
b) Establish standards for the treatment of Marfan syndrome.
c) Support and facilitate researchers and research centers doing research on this disorder.
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