Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly.
Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome can affect many different parts of the body, as well. Features of the disorder are most often found in the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eyes. Some Marfan features – for example, aortic enlargement (expansion of the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body) – can be life-threatening. The lungs, skin and nervous system may also be affected. Marfan syndrome does not affect intelligence.
3 out of 4 people inherit Marfan syndrome which means they get the genetic mutation from either their mother or father, but some people with the disease are the first in their family to have it, therefore their disease is spontaneous mutation. There is a 50 percent chance that the person with this disease will pass it along the genetic mutation (Marfan syndrome) each time they have a child....