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How deadly is marfan s ?

went to a heart specialist, my 18 month old son got an x-ray and an ultrasound. dr. almost certain he has marfan's.we go back in a few days for a deadly is it..
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Be careful about what these people are telling you. It is true that the survival for people with Marfan syndrome is much better now than it used to be, but it is VERY IMPORTANT that a patient with Marfan is seen regularly by a doctor who knows what to look out for. The main thing to worry about is aortic dissection. People with Marfan syndrome have a defect in their connective tissue which makes them more prone to aortic disease that can eventually rupture. This needs to be followed regularly with ultrasounds and/or MRIs. If the aorta starts to get big, surgery may be necessary to prevent eventual rupture. The good news is that with modern surgical techniques and screening practices, ther average life expectancy of people with Marfan's has increased dramatically. For men, the average survival has increased from 41 years to 70 years since th 1960s, and for women, the average survival has increased from 49 to 74. For more information, visit the National Marfan Foundation website.
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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