Clinical report updates diagnostic criteria for Marfan syndrome

dr tinkleThe revised AAP clinical report Health Supervision for Children with Marfan Syndrome incorporates the revised Ghent diagnostic criteria and updates several key clinical areas.

This long-awaited update from the AAP Committee on Genetics is designed to assist pediatricians in recognizing the features of the syndrome and caring for patients. It replaces the 1996 guidance and is published in the October issue of Pediatrics.


Marfan syndrome is a heritable, multisystem disorder of connective tissue with extensive clinical variability. It is a relatively common condition, with approximately one in 5,000 people affected. About 25% of cases are sporadic, but some familial cases go unrecognized. Often, it is the pediatrician who is central to the diagnosis and ultimately the management of this condition. The pediatrician often recognizes features concerning for Marfan and refers for further evaluation, which may be cardiac or genetic.

Read More: AAP News


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s