Marfan Syndrome

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Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly.

Marfan syndrome can affect many different parts of the body, as well. Features of the disorder are most often found in the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eyes. Some Marfan features – for example, aortic enlargement (expansion of the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body) – can be life-threatening.

For more information about Marfan syndrome, please visit the Marfan Foundation’s website: www.marfan.org

This film was made in collaboration with Audrey Fan, MS, CGC, Caroline Lieber, MS, CGC, Jessica Martineau, MS, CGC and Katherine Stoate, MS, CGC.