Marfan syndrome

Specialty of Cardiothoracic surgery

Marfan syndrome is a clinical pathology of genetic cause characterized by a disorder in connective tissue growth, mainly affecting the skeletal system, eyes, skin and the cardiovascular system. This disorder can also affect the lungs, the eyes and especially the heart, where it can cause aortic stretching or weakening, which is known as aneurysm or aortic dilatation. The physical appearance of people suffering from this syndrome is very characteristic: they tend to be very tall, with disproportionate hands and feet; great flexibility; deviation of the spine (scoliosis); may have sunken or very prominent thorax; and the face is narrow and thin, often with a small jaw.

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