Marfan Syndrome and Genetic Testing

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. This weakening of the connective tissue can cause mild to severe health issues. Individuals with Marfan syndrome may exhibit mild to severe symptoms. In some cases, such as heart and blood vessel formation, the symptoms can be life threatening.

Treatment for Marfan syndrome is unique to each individual. A team of specialists, including a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, an orthopedist and a geneticist may all be involved in planning treatment. The treatment will focus on the issues that arise, since there is currently no cure for Marfan syndrome.

This week’s “Here’s To Your Health” broadcasts offers a look at Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Because of this, many structures throughout the boday may be affected, including the eyes,heart and lungs. An individualized approach to diagnosis and treatment is necessary, with multiple experts working together. If there is a family history of Marfan syndorme, a genetics test may be requested to ensure the health of a child. To learn more about treating the symptoms of sickle cell disease, or to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained specialists, please contact UAMS at 501-686-8000.

June 13 – An Inherited Condition Download This Episode
June 14 – A Tall and Slender Build Download This Episode
June 15 – More Than Just Appearance Download This Episode
June 16 – Clinical Evaluation is Necessary Download This Episode
June 17 – An Individualized Treatment Plan Download This Episode

These programs were first broadcast the week of June 13, 2011.

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