Marfan Syndrome: What You Need To Know About The Disorder; Is There A Chance That You Have It Too?

The web is abuzz about the rare genetic disorder Marfan Syndrome.

After news broke out of NBA hopeful Isiah Austin being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, people started searching about the disorder online.  The 20-year-old Baylor University alum learned about the disorder after a genetic testing for this year’s NBA draft.

He was expected to be a second-round pick.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Marfan Syndrome affects 1 in 5000 people.  It is a very rare disease.

“People with Marfan syndrome are usually tall and thin with disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers and toes,” the Mayo Clinic Web site says. “The damage caused by Marfan syndrome can be mild or severe. If your heart or blood vessels are affected, the condition can become life-threatening.”

According the Marfan Foundation, characteristics of Marfan syndrome include abrupt lung collapse and eye problems, which can consist of: nearsightedness, detached retina, dislocated lens, early cataracts and early glaucoma. 

A lot of people expressed their support for the young athlete after he posted a photo on Instagram. Austin, who is half-blind, said he was “thankful” and “blessed” to have been able to play basketball. Nearly 7,000 people liked the post after his statement had been on the social media site for four hours.

This was not the first time Marfan Syndrome was talked about on the internet. Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps was also rumored to have the disorder after people noticed his unusually long limbs and slender physique.  Phelps denied having the disorder.

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