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Marfan’s Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment


2. Who Gets It?

We already touched on this in the intro, but Marfan syndrome affects around 1 in 5,000 people and doesn’t discriminate against anyone — it affects men, women, and all races and ethnic groups. Most of the time this genetic disorder is passed down through family genetics which shouldn’t be all that surprising considering it’s a genetic disorder. The Marfan Foundation points out that about 3 in 4 cases of this condition are inherited. There is a small percentage of cases where the patient is the first in their family to get it. When this happens, it’s called spontaneous mutation. “There is a 50-percent chance that a person with Marfan syndrome will pass along the genetic mutation each time they have a child,” writes the source.

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