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Pediatric Marfan Syndrome

Key Points About Marfan Syndrome in Children

  • Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue.
  • A child with Marfan syndrome may have problems with the bones and joints, heart and blood vessels, and eyes.
  • A diagnosis of Marfan syndrome is based on signs, family history and results of diagnostic tests.
  • A child with Marfan syndrome is closely watched with physical exams and regular testing.
  • Treatment is based on which organs and body systems are affected.
  • A dissecting aorta can be a medical emergency.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Shannon McClure-Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Cerebral Palsy and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Sean Tabaie

Sean Tabaie

Medical Director, Sports Performance and Motion Analysis Lab
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist


Cancer Genetics Program

Our cancer genetics experts help answer important questions about your child’s inherited risk for cancer.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

Rare Disease Institute

Children’s National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI) is a first-of-its-kind center focused exclusively on advancing the care and treatment of children and adults with rare genetic diseases.