Marfan syndrome is a life-threatening, inheritable genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to build the connective tissue that holds the organs and tissues together. It most commonly affects the aorta, which is the major artery that provides blood to the rest of the body, as well as the heart, bones, eyes, lungs, and nervous system.
Cardiac and vascular surgeons at NYU Langone’s Center for Complex Aortic Disease, the Heart Valve Center, and other NYU Langone heart programs are experts in treating the often serious heart-related consequences of Marfan syndrome, including aortic root aneurysm, aortic dissection, aortic valve regurgitation, and mitral valve prolapse. Other specialists, including ophthalmologists and orthopedic surgeons, may also be involved in your care.
Doctors at NYU Langone may approach mild symptoms of Marfan syndrome with watchful waiting, in which symptoms are observed for changes that may require treatment. For moderate to severe symptoms that affect the aorta, bones, eyes, and lungs, doctors use medications or surgery.
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