Coping with Marfan’s Syndrome

This syndrome is named after Antonin Marfan who was a French pediatrician. It is considered to be rare. This syndrome is actually a genetic disorder. The gene can even be passed on to children even if only one parent actually suffers from the syndrome. There is currently no cure for this condition, however there are various forms of treatment. Some of the physical signs that are related to this illness are nearsightedness, abnormality in chest structure as well as curvature of the spine. In a very severe case upper jaw and palate problems are evident. In addition the aortic valve may be affected. This is the valve that keeps the blood in the aorta, the body’s largest artery, from leaking back into the heart. Many doctors advise individuals that suffer from this syndrome, not to engage in activities requiring vigorous exertion.

There is a protein known as fibrillin, which is an essential component of connective tissue and appears to contribute to its strength and elasticity. Normally there is a gene that tells the body to produce fibrillin. But due to the fact that the gene is defective, the body’s production of fibrilln is scant or faulty. This causes tissues to stretch abnormally. This is why many Marfan’s syndrome patients have problems with their lungs. If does not mean the people who suffer from Marfan’s syndrome are more prone to asthma, or bronchitis. However spontaneous lung collapse does sometimes occur. I found out most of this information when a friend of mine was diagnosed with this horrible syndrome. For many years she suffered from arthritis. She also begins to take steroid to help her deal with the pain. She is still struggling but learning to deal with her situation.

One thing that you should keep in mind is that when a person finds out they have this syndrome; they tend to become very depressed. My friend did, but she said the thing that helped her most was the loving support of her family and friends and family. If you think you may be suffering from this syndrome you should speak to your doctor immediately. My friend was misdiagnosed several times before they actually found out what it was. You should speak to older family members as well. Chances are if someonelse in your family had this illness you may have it also or even your children. Having support is the best way to cope with any illness.

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