Longer lives for Marfan syndrome patients
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular
To determine if life expectancy for Marfan syndrome patients has changed since 1972, when the last study of life expectancy for such patients was published, we obtained data from the records of 417 patients with the disorder. Analysis of the data revealed that since 1972 the life expectancy of persons with the Marfan syndrome has increased significantly overall. This increase could be attributable to an overall increase in life expectancy for the general population; advances in aortic surgery; advances in medical therapy, including the use of beta blocking agents; and a larger proportion of patients diagnosed with a milder form of the disease.