Marfan Syndome

By Ben Reiselt

What Is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a common genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. Resulting in many different things in many different people.


The photo to the left is a connective tissue affected by the syndrome

What Does Marfan Syndrome Looks like?

This girl has long has long arms and legs,

But remember, everyone is affected differently.

Your Chances Of Getting Marfan Syndrome or your child inheiriting it

What Gene is it located in?

FBN1 Gene, 15bq1

Chances of Passing it on to your child

"About 1 in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome, including men and women of all races and ethnic groups. About 3 out of 4 people with Marfan syndrome inherit it, meaning they get the genetic mutation from a parent who has it. But some people with Marfan syndrome are the first in their family to have it; when this happens it is called a spontaneous mutation. There is a 50 percent chance that a person with Marfan syndrome will pass along the genetic mutation each time they have a child."

Known Symptoms

  • Long arms, legs and fingers
  • Tall and thin body type
  • Curved spine
  • Chest sinks in or sticks out
  • Flexible joints
  • Flat feet
  • Crowded teeth
  • Stretch marks on the skin that are not related to weight gain or loss


These are just the easy to see symtoms, there are many harder to see symtoms


"Harder-to-detect signs of Marfan syndrome include heart problems, especially those related to the aorta, the large blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Other signs can include sudden lung collapse and eye problems, including severe nearsightedness, dislocated lens, detached retina, early glaucoma, and early cataracts.

But If you Have Marfan Syndome, Dont worry

There is early treatment for Marfan Syndrome, but without it, there can be at risk for potentially life-threatening complications. The earlier some treatments are started, the better the outcomes are likely to be. And Scientists are studying this syndrome every day!

And Marfan syndrome can sometimes be a positive!

Here are famous People who have Marfan syndrome


*Micheal Phelps


He used his syndrome to give him an advantage while swimming


*Isaiah Austin


He used Marfan to give him an edge in basketball


*Bradford Cox


He used his long fingers to become amazing at guitar


*Abraham Lincoln and Julius Ceasar


These 2 individuals didn't use the syndrome to an advantage, but they didn't let Marfan control their life!

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