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Marfan Syndrome

Marfan Syndrome - How to prevent?

Marfan Syndrome - Treatments

Can MFS be cured?

While it is not possible to cure MFS, much can be done to make sure you/your child has the best possible outcome.

How is MFS managed?

The multidisciplinary medical team looking after you/your child will be able to address specific medical concerns and routine MFS-related health issues.

Management measures may include:

  • Regular echocardiograms to assess the heart and width of the aorta. Medications and/or surgery may be required if the width of the aorta gets too wide.
  • Maintaining good dental and skin hygiene, which is important to reduce the risk of infection of the heart valves.
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis may be required before surgery and dental procedures in some cases. Please discuss with your doctor for the latest update on antibiotic prophylaxis.
  • Careful monitoring of the skeleton to detect problems with the spine or chest bone.
  • Regular eye examinations to monitor for myopia and lens dislocations.

There are also important lifestyle considerations for an individual with MFS:

  • Ensure a balanced diet, engage in low-intensity exercise and avoid smoking. These measures are also good for general health.
  • Avoid heavy weight lifting and contact sports. Discuss with your doctor about recommendations for exercise and activities.
  • With proper management of the cardiovascular manifestations, the life expectancy of someone with MFS approximates that of the general population.

For individuals with MFS who are pregnant:
  • Pregnant women with MFS may be at high risk of obstetric and cardiac complications due to increased stress of the aortic wall especially during delivery. Please consult your doctor for preconception care and counselling.

Marfan Syndrome - Preparing for surgery

Marfan Syndrome - Post-surgery care

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