Marfan syndrome is an inherited condition that causes problems with the body’s connective tissues. These are the fibers that support the organs and various structures throughout the body. This condition typically affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels and skeleton.
The effects of Marfan syndrome range from mild to severe. When the aorta (major blood vessel and main artery of the body) is impacted, the condition can be life-threatening.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Marfan Syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of Marfan syndrome can include:
This condition is caused by a genetic (passed down in families) defect that prevents the body from producing the protein that helps give connective tissue its usual elasticity and strength. In some cases, there is no family history of the condition and the gene mutation occurs spontaneously and randomly.