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Marfan Syndrome

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Marfan Syndrome

 

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National Marfan Foundation

What is Marfan syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Connective tissue provides structure and support to the body's systems. In patients with Marfan syndrome, the connective tissue is defective and does not provide the support it should.

Disorders Associated with Marfan Syndrome
 
Most patients with Marfan syndrome have problems with the heart and blood vessels. The most common cardiovascular disorders associated with Marfan syndrome are:

It is important that patients with this disorder seek care from a surgeon with a special interest in Marfan syndrome. The UW Health cardiothoracic team offers such expertise.