Marfan syndrome

Common Name(s)

Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue. Connective tissue provides strength and flexibility to structures throughout the body such as bones, ligaments, muscles, walls of blood vessels, and heart valves. Marfan syndrome affects most organs and tissues, especially the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart, and the large blood vessel that distributes blood from the heart to the rest of the body (the aorta).
 

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Condition Specific Organizations

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Canadian Marfan Association

Increasing awareness, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for patients, their families, and medical professionals affected by Marfan syndrome, genetic aortic disorders, and related connective tissue disorders through national programs of education, support, and research.

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2013

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Kids with Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders

Our organization was formed in 1985 with the main mission of providing support, information, resources, and education for the families of the children living with congenital heart defects and to promote public awareness of the issues that these families live with on a day to day basis.

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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The Marfan Foundation

The Marfan Foundation creates a brighter future for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related disorders. •We pursue the most innovative research and make sure that it receives proper funding. •We create an informed public and educated patient community to increase early diagnosis and ensure life-saving treatment. •We provide relentless support to families, caregivers, and healthcare providers. We will not rest until we’ve achieved victory—a world in which everyone with Marfan syndrome or a related disorder receives a proper diagnosis, gets the necessary treatment, and lives a long and full life.

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Marfan syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

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Canadian Marfan Association

Increasing awareness, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for patients, their families, and medical professionals affected by Marfan syndrome, genetic aortic disorders, and related connective tissue disorders through national programs of education, support, and research.

http://www.marfan.ca

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2013

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Kids with Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders

Our organization was formed in 1985 with the main mission of providing support, information, resources, and education for the families of the children living with congenital heart defects and to promote public awareness of the issues that these families live with on a day to day basis.

http://www.kidswithheart.org

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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The Marfan Foundation

The Marfan Foundation creates a brighter future for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related disorders. •We pursue the most innovative research and make sure that it receives proper funding. •We create an informed public and educated patient community to increase early diagnosis and ensure life-saving treatment. •We provide relentless support to families, caregivers, and healthcare providers. We will not rest until we’ve achieved victory—a world in which everyone with Marfan syndrome or a related disorder receives a proper diagnosis, gets the necessary treatment, and lives a long and full life.

http://www.marfan.org

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Marfan syndrome" returned 298 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Identification of fibrillin 1 gene mutations in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) without Marfan syndrome.
 

Author(s): Guglielmina Pepe, Stefano Nistri, Betti Giusti, Elena Sticchi, Monica Attanasio, Cristina Porciani, Rosanna Abbate, Robert O Bonow, Magdi Yacoub, Gian Franco Gensini

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Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most frequent congenital heart disease with frequent involvement in thoracic aortic dilatation, aneurysm and dissection. Although BAV and Marfan syndrome (MFS) share some clinical features, and some MFS patients with BAV display mutations in FBN1, ...

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2014

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Abnormal muscle mechanosignaling triggers cardiomyopathy in mice with Marfan syndrome.
 

Author(s): Jason R Cook, Luca Carta, Ludovic Bénard, Elie R Chemaly, Emily Chiu, Satish K Rao, Thomas G Hampton, Peter Yurchenco, , Kevin D Costa, Roger J Hajjar, Francesco Ramirez

Journal: J. Clin. Invest.. 2014 Mar;124(3):1329-39.

 

Patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS), a multisystem disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding the extracellular matrix (ECM) protein fibrillin 1, are unusually vulnerable to stress-induced cardiac dysfunction. The prevailing view is that MFS-associated cardiac dysfunction is ...

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2014

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Marfan syndrome and pregnancy: maternal and neonatal outcomes.
 

Author(s): R A Curry, E Gelson, L Swan, D Dob, S V Babu-Narayan, M A Gatzoulis, P J Steer, M R Johnson

Journal: BJOG. 2014 Apr;121(5):610-7.

 

To report outcomes in a recent series of pregnancies in women with Marfan syndrome (MFS).

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Marfan syndrome" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The role of transforming growth factor-beta in Marfan syndrome.
 

Author(s): Kálmán Benke, Bence Ágg, Bálint Szilveszter, Ferenc Tarr, Zsolt B Nagy, Miklós Pólos, László Daróczi, Béla Merkely, Zoltán Szabolcs

Journal: Cardiol J. 2013 ;20(3):227-34.

 

The starting point, in Marfan syndrome (MFS) appears to be the mutation of fibrillin-1 gene whose deconstructed protein product cannot bind transforming growth factor beta (TGF-b), leading to an increased TGF-b tissue level. The aim of this review is to review the already known features ...

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2013

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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in Marfan syndrome.
 

Author(s): Helen Dormand, Raad H Mohiaddin

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This review provides an overview of Marfan syndrome with an emphasis on cardiovascular complications and cardiovascular imaging. Both pre- and post-operative imaging is addressed with an explanation of surgical management. All relevant imaging modalities are discussed with a particular ...

Last Updated: 13 May 2013

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Echocardiographic methods, quality review, and measurement accuracy in a randomized multicenter clinical trial of Marfan syndrome.
 

Author(s): Elif Seda Selamet Tierney, Jami C Levine, Shan Chen, Timothy J Bradley, Gail D Pearson, Steven D Colan, Lynn A Sleeper, M Jay Campbell, Meryl S Cohen, Julie De Backer, Lin T Guey, Haleh Heydarian, Wyman W Lai, Mark B Lewin, Edward Marcus, Christopher R Mart, Ricardo H Pignatelli, Beth F Printz, Angela M Sharkey, Girish S Shirali, Shubhika Srivastava, Ronald V Lacro,

Journal: J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2013 Jun;26(6):657-66.

 

The Pediatric Heart Network is conducting a large international randomized trial to compare aortic root growth and other cardiovascular outcomes in 608 subjects with Marfan syndrome randomized to receive atenolol or losartan for 3 years. The authors report here the echocardiographic ...

Last Updated: 28 May 2013

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Development of a Blood Test for Marfan Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Marfan Syndrome; Marfan Related Disorders; Control Subjects

 

Last Updated: 27 May 2014

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Aortopathy in Persons With Bicuspid Aortic Valve, Turner and Marfan Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Turner Syndrome; Bicuspid Aortic Valve; Marfan Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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Last Updated: 8 Jun 2010

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