Marfan Syndrome

What is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder caused by a mutation in the FBN1 gene. Connective tissue is often described as the “glue” that holds your body together. Therefore, Marfan syndrome causes problems in areas of the body where connective tissue is found. The heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eyes are most commonly affected. However, Marfan syndrome can negatively impact the lungs, skin, and nervous system as well.

Signs of Marfan Syndrome

Some signs of Marfan syndrome are long limbs, a tall stature, thin body, flexible joints, flat feet, and a curved spine. Problems with the heart, most notably in the aorta, are also a sign of Marfan syndrome and can be life-threatening. Please visit The Marfan Foundation‘s website for more information. Consult your doctor if you believe you or a family member may be affected by Marfan syndrome.