History of Marfan Sydndrome

Hey everyone it has been a while since I last wrote on my blog, but I thought that I would start it again since my current internship is all about Social Media.  I have to say that I love my internship so far and that there is never a dull moment when I am here at studykik.  Well this blog has to do with a disease that people are starting to know about.  The Disease is called Marfan Syndrome.  I will be going into the details about what it is in the next post but for now lets dive into the brief history of it.

Marfan Syndrome was first discovered in 1896 at the Bulletin of the Medical Society of Paris.  The man who first discovered this was named Antonie Marfan.  Marfan noticed that his patient, Gabrielle P, had disproportionately long limbs for a girl who was 5 at that time period.  Marfan used the word “pattes d’araignée” meaning spider legs in French.  Marfans also noticed that the girl had long and slender fingers and toes.  Due to lack of technology in 1896 Marfan was only able to study so much of the girl and her traits.  It wasn’t until 1902 that more studies could be done.

In 1902 Henri Méry and Léon Babonneix were able to conduct more studies on Marfan Syndrome.  Méry and Babonneix where able to use a new technology in the form of a radiography to conduct more studies on Gabrielle P.  They noticed in those test that her spine was malaligned and that there was thoractic asymmetry.  In later studies, they learned about the, cardiovascular abnormalities and dislocation of the ocular lens.  The next big event in Marfan Syndrome history wasn’t until 1968.

Before 1968 when doing surgery for Marfan Syndrome wasn’t the best of procedures.  In fact, it was considered bleak because of the high operative risk, nearly prohibitive bleeding rates, and the frequent occurrence of serious postoperative complications.  However, a man named Bentall was able to form a procedure that made it more safe for those who needed the surgery.  Bentall’s procedure was that you graft the value or the root depending on what was needed.  Most people died due to complications after the surgery, but modern medicine and procedures have reduced those risk over time.  This is just the brief beings of Marfan Syndrome.  More to come soon!

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