Marfan Syndrome Awareness

By: Deondra Bacchus

Every year there are less than 200,000 cases of Marfan Syndrome and 1 in 500 have the disorder

What is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a disorder where the FBN1 gene is mutated from chromosome 15 and affects the body's connective tissue. Marfan syndrome is an auto-somal dominant disorder.
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Someone who has Marfan Syndrome is affected everywhere. Their arms, legs/feet, and hands are disproportionate and their breastbone is either inwards or outwards.
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Parents should know that it is not their fault the gene mutated. The chances of inheriting Marfan syndrome is 50 percent chance that a child will be affected.