Awareness Months · Invisible Illness

Marfan Awareness Month – February 2017

What is it?

Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissues. Children usually inherit it from their parents. Some people may be midly affect whereas others can develop serious symptoms. Typical symptoms  include; being tall, abdnormally long, thin limbs, heart defects, stretch marks, crowded teeth, lens dislocation. Marfan syndrome is hereditary, which means it can be passed to a child from a parent who’s affected.In around three-quarters of cases, Marfan syndrome is inherited from one parent. The syndrome is autosomal dominant, which means a child can inherit it even if only one parent has the syndrome. There is no cure for Marfan syndrome sadly, however treatment involves managing the symptoms and reducing the risk of future complications.

Who gets it?

It is a hereditary condition, so there are no statistics on gender and/or other demographics.



1 per 5,000 people are affected by Marfan syndrome worldwide.


Celebrities with Marfans:

Michael Phelps

Abraham Lincoln

Sergei Rachmaninov

Bradford Cox

Bin Laden


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