Facial and Ocular Features of Marfan Syndrome
AbstractMarfan syndrome is the most common inherited disorder of connective tissue affecting multiple organ systems. Identification of the facial, ocular and skeletal features should prompt referral for aortic imaging since sudden death by aortic dissection and rupture remains a major cause of death in patients with unrecognized Marfan syndrome. Echocardiography is recommended as the initial imaging test, and once a dilated aortic root is identified magnetic resonance or computed tomography should be done to assess the entire aorta. Prophylactic aortic root replacement is safe and has been demonstrated to improve life expectancy in patients with Marfan syndrome. Medical therapy for Marfan syndrome includes the use of beta blockers in older children and adults with an enlarged aorta. Addition of angiotensin receptor antagonists has been shown to slow the progression of aortic root dilation compared to beta blockers alone. Lifelong and regular follow up in a center for specialized care is important for patients with Marfan syndrome. We present a case of a patient with clinical features of Marfan syndrome and discuss possible therapeutic interventions for her dilated aorta. View Full-Text
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Leoni, J.C.; Bowen, J.M.; Connolly, H.M. Facial and Ocular Features of Marfan Syndrome. Diseases 2014, 2, 296-300.
Leoni JC, Bowen JM, Connolly HM. Facial and Ocular Features of Marfan Syndrome. Diseases. 2014; 2(4):296-300.Chicago/Turabian Style
Leoni, Juan C.; Bowen, Juan M.; Connolly, Heidi M. 2014. "Facial and Ocular Features of Marfan Syndrome." Diseases 2, no. 4: 296-300.