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Marfan syndrome is a condition in which your body's connective tissue is abnormal. Connective tissue helps support all parts of your body. It also helps control how your body grows and develops. Marfan syndrome most often affects the connective tissue of the heart and blood vessels, eyes, bones, lungs, and covering of the spinal cord. Because the condition affects many parts of the body, it can cause a number of complications. In some cases, the complications are life threatening.

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder. A mutation, or change, in the gene that controls how the body makes fibrillin causes Marfan syndrome. Fibrillin is a protein that plays a major role in your body’s connective tissue. Most people who have Marfan syndrome inherit it from their parents. If you have Marfan syndrome, you have a 50 percent chance of passing the altered gene on to each of your children. In about 1 in 4 cases, Marfan syndrome occurs because of a spontaneous mutation. Thus, the affected person is the first in their family to have the condition.
Study: More than 300 million people affected worldwide by rare diseases

Study: More than 300 million people affected worldwide by rare diseases

Researchers identify gene mutation that causes musculoskeletal problems in children

Researchers identify gene mutation that causes musculoskeletal problems in children

Cardiovascular surgeons heal a patient’s aortic dissection

Cardiovascular surgeons heal a patient’s aortic dissection

New statement emphasizes need for special multidisciplinary clinical programs

New statement emphasizes need for special multidisciplinary clinical programs

Blood pressure medication slows enlargement of the aorta in patients with Marfan syndrome

Blood pressure medication slows enlargement of the aorta in patients with Marfan syndrome

CRISPR-based treatment can restore retinal function in mice with eye disease

CRISPR-based treatment can restore retinal function in mice with eye disease

Moderate exercise reduces progression of Marfan syndrome symptoms in mice

Moderate exercise reduces progression of Marfan syndrome symptoms in mice

New Vanderbilt Center offers comprehensive care for patients with Marfan syndrome and aortic disease

New Vanderbilt Center offers comprehensive care for patients with Marfan syndrome and aortic disease

Serious heart problem can run in families and occur at similar ages, study suggests

Serious heart problem can run in families and occur at similar ages, study suggests

Tarix Orphan's TXA127 granted FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of DMD patients

Tarix Orphan's TXA127 granted FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of DMD patients

Researchers identify first gene that causes common form of mitral valve prolapse

Researchers identify first gene that causes common form of mitral valve prolapse

Medical researchers at Saint Louis University bring hope to those in pain and sickness

Medical researchers at Saint Louis University bring hope to those in pain and sickness

New treatment for Marfan syndrome works as well as beta blockers

New treatment for Marfan syndrome works as well as beta blockers

Investigational treatment shows promise against Marfan syndrome

Investigational treatment shows promise against Marfan syndrome

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon explains how scoliosis affects Baby Boomers

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon explains how scoliosis affects Baby Boomers

Computational biologists develop program for easy diagnosis of hereditary illnesses

Computational biologists develop program for easy diagnosis of hereditary illnesses

Kids with rare mutations in two genes are 4 times more likely to develop severe scoliosis

Kids with rare mutations in two genes are 4 times more likely to develop severe scoliosis

A non-invasive method developed to fight heart disease

A non-invasive method developed to fight heart disease

Johns Hopkins cardiologist receives first Harrington prize for innovation in medicine

Johns Hopkins cardiologist receives first Harrington prize for innovation in medicine

Team Ritter to raise funds for John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health at ING NYC Marathon

Team Ritter to raise funds for John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health at ING NYC Marathon