Marfan Syndrome

Naser M. Ammash and Heidi M. Connolly

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Marfan Syndrome

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Marfan syndrome is the most common inherited multisystem disorder of connective tissue. This autosomal dominant condition, first described by Antoine Marfan in 1896, has a reported incidence of 2 to 3 per 10,000 persons, and it has no particular sex, racial, or ethnic predilection. Early identification and appropriate management improve the outcomes among patients with Marfan syndrome, who are prone to life-threatening cardiovascular complications. Genetic characteristics, manifestations, diagnosis, medical and surgical management, and pregnancy in Marfan syndrome are reviewed.

Chapter.  5184 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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