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Marfan Syndrome - Screening and Prevention

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If you have a known family history of Marfan syndrome or physical features of the condition, your doctor may recommend screening to find the condition early. Relatives of people who have Marfan syndrome may also want to have genetic screening. There is no way to prevent Marfan syndrome.

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Marfan Syndrome - Risk Factors

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Marfan syndrome affects people of all races and ethnicities and men and women equally. Your risk for Marfan syndrome is higher if one or both parents have the condition.

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Marfan Syndrome - Causes

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Marfan syndrome is a genetic condition caused by a mutation, or change, in one of your genes, called the fibrillin-1 (FBN1) gene. The FBN1 gene makes fibrillin-1, which is a protein that forms elastic fibers within connective tissue. Fibrillin-1 also affects levels of another protein that helps control how you grow.

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Pleural Disorders - Life After

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As you recover from your treatment for a pleural disorder, it is important to follow your treatment plan. You may need to follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor your condition. You will also want to take steps to prevent complications or a repeat pleural disorder.

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Pleural Disorders - Treatment

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How your pleural disorder is treated depends on what type of pleural disorder you have and how severe it is. Some pleural disorders go away without treatment. Others will require a procedure to remove air, fluid, or other material from the pleural space. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and treat the underlying condition.

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Pleural Disorders - Diagnosis

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Your doctor may diagnose a pleural disorder based on your medical history, a physical exam, and diagnostic tests and procedures. Before diagnosing you with a pleural disorder, your doctor will rule out other medical reasons or conditions that may be causing your signs and symptoms.

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Pleural Disorders - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

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Pleural disorders may occur with no symptoms, or they may have obvious symptoms. Signs, symptoms, and complications vary depending on the pleural disorder and how severe it is.

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Pleural Disorders - Screening and Prevention

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There are no methods to screen for pleural disorders. If you have risk factors for pleural disorders, your doctor may recommend preventive strategies.

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Pleural Disorders - Risk Factors

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You may have an increased risk for a pleural disorder because of your age, your family history and genetics, your lifestyle habits, medicines you take, other medical conditions, and your sex.

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Pleural Disorders - Causes

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Pleural disorders may be caused by inflammation, injury, or an imbalance of fluids in the pleural space.

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