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What are related disorders?

What are related disorders?There are disorders related to Marfan syndrome that can cause people to struggle with some of the same or similar physical problems. Some examples are Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Familial Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection.

Disorders related to Marfan syndrome can also cut lives short, particularly when they go unchecked, and they can deeply affect the quality of life of the individuals and families who must cope with them. Just like people with Marfan syndrome, those affected by related disorders need early and accurate diagnosis to ensure they receive proper care and treatment.

Many of these disorders are genetic conditions that, like Marfan syndrome, cause the aorta (the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body) to enlarge, a problem that requires medicine and regular monitoring to determine appropriate treatment. Other features that may overlap with Marfan syndrome include those involving the heart, bones, joints and eyes.

Visit the pages below to learn more about some disorders that are related to Marfan syndrome: