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Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects about one in 200,000 people. Marfan syndrome causes several medical problems, including spine and chest abnormalities. A skeletal examination and monitoring by an orthopaedic physician are recommended for anyone with Marfan syndrome.

Marfan Syndrome: What You Need to Know

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  • Men and women of any ethnic group or race may be affected by Marfan syndrome.
  • In addition to spine and chest abnormalities, Marfan syndrome can cause a host of medical issues throughout the body. Often, the heart and vision are affected.
  • Marfan syndrome usually is diagnosed through genetic testing, an echocardiogram, a skeletal exam and a complete family history.
  • There is no cure for Marfan syndrome. It is a lifelong disease that must be carefully managed to lengthen the life span.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for orthopaedic treatment of Marfan syndrome?

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Dr. Paul Sponseller has developed a special interest and expertise in the evaluation and management of children and adults with Marfan Syndrome.  He has performed spine surgery on over 75 individuals with Marfan Syndrome and is experienced with the management of other musculoskeletal problems associated with the condition such as leg length inequality, limb length overgrowth and foot imbalance.

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