Marfan Syndrome | marfan syndrome symptoms | austin carlile

Of Mice & Men Musician Austin Carlile Has Marfan Syndrome Back in October, metalcore band Of Mice & Men announced that they were cancelling the rest of their European tour because frontman Austin Carlile was struggling with complications of Marfan syndrome Fans took to Twitter wishing for Carlile to get better ASAP, and this week the singer pointed out that “getting better” isn’t something that happens with Marfan syndrome He wrote a series of emotional tweets, explaining honestly what it’s like to live with his chronic condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects connective tissue the material in your body that supports and anchors the organs and other structures. Connective tissue is made up of proteins and people with Marfan syndrome have a genetic mutation that causes abnormal production of fibrillin one of the proteins responsible for giving connective tissue elasticity and strength The NIH estimates that one out of every 5,000 people in the U.S. have the syndrome, and it equally affects men, women, and people of all races Most commonly, the syndrome affects a person’s heart, eyes, blood vessels, and skeleton It’s most life-threatening when it causes cardiovascular malformations. The syndrome can weaken or distort a person’s heart valves and even compromise the aorta (the largest artery in the body) which could potentially cause an aneurysm or heart failure Other complications from the syndrome include retinal detachment in the eyes, bone overgrowth, abnormal curves in the spine and sternum malformations, meaning the breast bone could sink in or protrude outwards.

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