Marfan syndrome is a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue. Connective tissue is extremely important as it works to hold the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. Also, it works to control how the body grows and develops.
Marfan syndrome is not entirely alone, rather there are several disorders that are related to it, and that can cause people to struggle with the same or similar physical issues.
A proper and early diagnosis is essential, and if not treated, Marfan syndrome can be life-threatening. It is a serious medical condition, and requires a person with the disorder to be closely monitored and treated appropriately throughout ones life.
Marfan syndrome can affect both men and women of every race and ethnic origin. Although most people who have Marfan syndrome inherit it from a parent, in about 1 in 4 cases Marfan syndrome is not inherited, which means the mutation happens spontaneously. People with Marfan syndrome have a 50 percent chance of passing the altered gene to each of their children.
Marfan syndrome was first described by French pediatrician Antoine Marfan in 1896. It has no cure.