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Marfan & Related Disorders

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue.  Connective tissue helps to hold the body’s cells, organs, and tissues together and also helps to control how the body grows and develops. 

There are also several disorders related to Marfan syndrome that cause people to struggle with the same or similar physical problems, and anyone affected by these disorders needs an early and accurate diagnosis.

Marfan syndrome is a serious condition, and some complications can be potentially life-threatening.  Although there is no cure for Marfan syndrome, advances in medical care are helping people live a normal lifespan.  And that is why early and accurate diagnosis is so important, not only for people with Marfan syndrome, but also for those with related disorders. 

Explore the links below to learn more about these disorders and how they are treated and cared for.

What is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a life-threatening genetic disorder that affects our connective tissue, which helps to hold the body’s cells and tissues together.

What are Related Disorders?

There are several disorders related to Marfan syndrome that cause people to struggle with the same or similar physical problems, and anyone affected by these disorders also needs an early and accurate diagnosis.

What are the Signs?

Some features of Marfan syndrome are easier to see than others. Others are harder to detect and require special tests. Knowing the signs can save lives.

How is the Body Affected?

Connective tissue holds the body together and plays a role in its growth and development. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome and related disorders can affect many parts of the body, including the heart and blood vessels, bones and joints, eyes, skin, and lungs.

Current Research

We tirelessly advance research for treatments that save lives and dramatically enhance quality of life for people living with Marfan syndrome and related disorders. This includes providing grants, convening conferences and symposia, and partnering with other health organizations and the government, to facilitate advances to make life make life better for affected people.