Marfan Syndrome - Information - Cause - Symptoms - Treatment
Marfan syndrome is an inheritable disorder of connective tissue (which adds strength to the body's structures) that affects the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin.
What is Marfan's syndrome? (Image)
Marfan's syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue which causes skeletal defects typically recognized in a tall, lanky person. A person with Marfan's syndrome may exhibit long limbs and spider-like fingers, chest abnormalities, curvature of the spine and a particular set of facial features including a highly arched palate, and crowded teeth.
What Is Connective Tissue?
Connective tissue supports various structures of the body. Which disorders involve connective tissue?
Pectus excavatum is a condition in which the "breast bone" (sternum) appears sunken and the chest concave. It is sometimes called "funnel chest". The majority of these cases are not associated with any other condition (isolated findings).
The National Marfan Foundation - Profile
The National Marfan Foundation is a non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by the Marfan syndrome and related disorders.
Marfan syndrome is a disorder of connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the parts of your body together and helps control growth, from NHLBI.