Sarah Ford | November 7, 2013

New Survey Finds One in Five Patients Had Surgery Before Diagnosis

One in five people with Marfan syndrome had some form of surgery before they were diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening condition, according to a survey of 1277 people conducted by The Marfan Foundation from July 21-August 18, 2013. The survey was conducted to identify the signs that lead to a Marfan syndrome diagnosis and better understand the diagnosis process that people go through.

Alarmingly, of those who had surgery before they were diagnosed, 20 percent had an operation to repair a tear in their aorta, the large artery that takes blood away from the heart. In addition, 27 percent had an operation on tendons, ligaments, or joints; 24 percent on their back; 22 percent on bones; and 14 percent to repair a chest deformity.

“It is concerning that so many people had surgery to repair their aorta before they got their Marfan diagnosis,” said Alan C. Braverman, MD, Director of the Marfan Syndrome Clinic at Washington University School of Medicine and Chair of The Marfan Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board.

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New Survey Finds One in Five Patients Had Surgery Before Diagnosis

Source: The Marfan Foundation

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