Marfan syndrome. Only 1 in 10.000 people in the Netherlands suffer from it. Marfan syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder... That can influence various organ systems of the body. Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic defect..
Which leads to transformations in various tissues. Not every Marfan patient shows the same features. In most cases a Marfan patient can be recognized by its great height... And disproportionately long arms and legs. Or by its long fingers and toes, distinctive eye sockets..
Sunken chest or protrusion of the sternum. Marfan patients can experience physical limitations due to scoliosis, spinal curvature... Nearsightedness, flat feet or joint laxity. A Marfan patient carries an invisible risk. Marfan syndrome can be life threatening. There's a risk for the main artery of the body, the aorta..
To widen progressively due to Marfan syndrome... This can cause a tear in the aorta. Such an aortic rupture can be fatal. Therefore, timely diagnosis and treatment are vital. There is no medicine against Marfan syndrome. However, there have been developments in the field of medical treatment and surgery... That can lead to improvements in both quality of life and life expectation.
In most cases, Marfan syndrome passes from generation to generation. But it can also be caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation. Unfortunately, not everyone will recognize the symptoms in time. The Contactgroep Marfan Nederland is committed to raise awareness of this rare condition. And the Contactgroep Marfan wants to be there if you know a Marfan patient or are yourself. Www.marfansyndroom.nl.
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