Medical Minute: Marfan Syndrome

Baylor men's basketball standout Isaiah Austin will not realize his dream of playing for the NBA.

Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes connective tissue problems due to fibrin weakness. People with Marfan's tend to be tall, with lanky arms and legs. They may also suffer heart defects and serious problems with their lungs and eyes.

Baylor's website cited an enlarged aorta as the reason Austin has decided to forego playing for the NBA. He would not have passed the NBA's cardiovascular screening.

As a high school hoops star, Austin was heavily recruited by top colleges. He says he withheld the fact that he was playing with a prosthetic eye from all college recruiters except Baylor.

Austin lost his right eye as a result of Marfan Syndrome. He suffered a detached retina in his left eye, but he was still able to play in 73 games for Baylor.

"His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program," read the statement on Baylor's website.

1 in 5,000 people will be diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. If a child inherits Marfan's from either parent, he can pass on the gene to his children.

Signs and symptoms

People with Marfan Syndrome are usually tall with lanky arms and legs. They have long, thin fingers and toes. Detached retinas in the eyes, curvatures of the spine and sternum protrusion or sunken chests are common problems.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Cleft palate
  • Abdominal indentation
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches
  • Flat feet, hammer toes
  • Astigmatism
  • Visual disturbances
  • Detached retinas
  • Scoliosis, poor posture
  • Pneumothorax (air trapped in lung linings)
  • Hernia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Leaky heart valve
  • Crowded teeth
  • Unexplained stretch marks on skin
  • Diagnosis

    Marfan Syndrome is diagnosed following a physical exam and based on family history.

    Treatment

    There is no cure for Marfan Syndrome. Treatment involves symptom management such as pain medications, and monitoring the patient for heart problems.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More info on the Web

    What is Marfan Syndrome? | The Marfan Foundation

    Marfan syndrome - Mayo Clinic

    Marfan Syndrome: MedlinePlus

    Genetics of Marfan Syndrome - Medscape Reference

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    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      I was watching his interview. It was very moving but is it wrong I was surprised he was crying outta the glass eye eye :eek:

    • luVn_liFe…

      poor thing

    • OpinionHated

      too bad... but he seems like a smart kid i'm sure he has options....
      playing ain't the only thing you can do in the NBA... I wish him well...

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      Awe dang. This super sad :cry: I hope Baylor means what they wrote about the coaching position and they aren’t just blowing smoke up his ……
      That’s got to be the WORST to know you could have made it to a level where most people only dream of but not physically be able to do so because your body betrayed you. Stay strong brother. Suicide is not the answer. Don’t look at me crazy….. It happens more than you think :(

    • aRoTh

      but is it wrong I was surprised he was crying outta the glass eye eye
      __________

      :facepalm: I PROMISE the ROSES don't give/ain't SH!T! SWEATERGAWD!

      Make it so bad, I'm over here CHUCKLIN' BAD! :lol:

    • User Friendly

      “His health is the most important thing, and while it’s extremely sad that he won’t be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he’ll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program,” read the statement on Baylor’s website.
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      its good to have options :thumbsup:

    • http://www.globalcallingsolutions.com zurishay

      I was good until you said he had a prosthetic eye and I scrolled back up and saw that picture again...whoa....too much for me.

    • Wasting time

      So I just watched the say yes video and due to it being a gospel/inspirational song and visual I will :kona:

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      *lets out a long breathe* Missy :tape: EYE < -- oh the irony
      Eye will not let you drag me down that short drop to the inferno. Ya’ll :stop: don’t encourage her because then I am going to laugh and join in and I don’t want to. My heart hurts for this man right now at 12:44 pm EST

    • aRoTh

      Which one is the glass eye tho'? They both look normal. :shrug:

    • Brownskin Cutie (Carrington’s E-boo)

      Oh my! Hey er'body!!! Missed u guys!!

    • User Friendly

      Don’t look at me crazy…..
      _____________________

      :facepalm:

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      @Wasting :waiting: Nah playa tell it! Go tell it on the mountain!!! I already said Michele’s voice is not compatible with my ears :no: She sounds like a musty cat on a hot tin roof in heat. Then Beyonce tried to be slick with that dutty wind for Jesus on the sneak. She was like aye aye aye aye :buttshake: When Jesus sayyysss yes your body can’t say no….

    • aRoTh

      :stop: WAIT JUST A GOT DAMN MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that a pic of him puttin his EYE IN??????!!!! :eek: :blink: I quit. :crying1:

    • Who Dat

      Yeah this gave me the sads when I saw it on SC yesterday. :sad:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      well that's unfortunate :sad: maybe he will have better luck at coaching or something :tea:

    • VDot

      :blink: <- no pun intended. Poor guy! That has to suck. So no one over the years gave him the heads up that he may have issues playing I'm the NBA? No doctors? :huh:

    • Who Dat

      WAIT JUST A GOT DAMN MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that a pic of him puttin his EYE IN??????!!!!
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Yes.

      Yes.

      YESSSSSSSSSS.

      :ghost:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Oh wow :shocked:
      Well, he should surely not procreate :eek:
      That's sad :thinking:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

      <<glad to be short.
      :coffee:

    • Wasting time

      Yes it is ARoth and that is why I went all off da topic. I just can't1

      TAKEN!!!!
      I'm not here for her voice either but I didn't expect the beat to be calypso; so that through me off and than her voice singing on it was just :scared:
      :lol: at Bey; it was the beat! I'm gonna blame the beat. Kelly did the best though. She has that gospel/inspirational voice !

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Kdub, I saw a special on :love: Aretha this weekend. I ain't know she was married to ole boy :smack:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      aRoTh says:

      :stop: WAIT JUST A GOT DAMN MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that a pic of him puttin his EYE IN??????!!!! :eek: :blink: I quit.
      ______________

      I missed that pic all together till I saw this comment :|

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      Brownskin :hi:
      @User: You know people that suffer set bykes like that can be susceptible to managing to die. It’s a dude right now playing at Rutgers park that’s 38 with a jumper so wet :bball: but come 1 pm he is going to pull his hamstring and be like :cuss: now I ain’t never gone make it to the league…. Then he gone go cry in the car :wails: pull out a sharp #2 pencil and stab himself in the neck till he :dead: All cause he thinks he still got a shot to play cause he was in an And One DVD and people be like he was better than Michael Jordan when he was a senior in high school and if he had the grades he would’ve went to college and been better than MJ :facepalm:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :chase: Wasting Time
      Got that durn convict in yo gravi. :cuss: What is WRONG WITCHEW? <---Mama voice :rofl:

    • Just Looking

      Good Day! THis young man's pediatrician is whack! Since he was ABOVE the growth chart, he should have been checked for Genetic abnormalities at a young age. This lad could have died.

      Hope all had a good week-end :hump:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Then he gone go cry in the car :wails: pull out a sharp #2 pencil and stab himself in the neck till he :dead:

      :facepalm:

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      :stop: WAIT JUST A GOT DAMN MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that a pic of him puttin his EYE IN??????!!!! :eek: :blink: I quit. :crying1:
      ____________________________
      HOLE UP :stop: WAIT ONE MF MINUTE (Trick Daddy voice)
      It is. LAWD WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :wails:
      *unplugs SR’s MAC book and drains all the power* You are dead to me. Like buddy’s eye.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Awwww COOKING :kiss:
      What's up with your Teddy? :eek:

      OH, :cell: :kona:

    • User Friendly

      Rutgers park
      _____________

      :huh: RUCKER PARK!

      Rutgers is a college in Jersey. I was looking at my screen confused like a mug.

    • Wasting time

      :chase: Wasting Time
      Got that durn convict in yo gravi. :cuss: What is WRONG WITCHEW? <—Mama voice :rofl:
      ================================
      :kiss:
      You love me !!

      We argued about him at a cook put over the weekend.
      We messed up for friend a criminal attractive but these certified heaux are ok though :no:

    • Just Looking

      Man, I just don't care™ says:

      <<glad to be short.

      :coffee:
      +++++++++++++++++++++
      short in stature is good, as long as your arms arent' disproportionately short. Like you wrist don't stop under your armpits.

      :kona:

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      :lol: at Bey; it was the beat! I’m gonna blame the beat.
      _______________________
      You say Beyonce get filthy when the calypso beat get in hur? :hahah: Sucks up my laugh for Jesus :pray:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :hi: BROWNSkin!

      ALL Is not lost; I hope he REALLY Paid attention and got the education.
      He still can be successful, BASKETBAll or NOT

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      EYE didn't see that until yall said something :smack:
      THANKS :rollseyes:

    • Just Looking

      @Dtts - ::chase: Leave Teddy alone. He was on Tour back then. He is retired.

      :waves: @ Ms Taken :hug:

    • Who Dat

      Kdub, I saw a special on Aretha this weekend. I ain’t know she was married to ole boy
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I seen it too. Yes. Additional word on the curb (that was NOT covered) is since the late 70's...is she caught Col. Taylor/Preach from Cooley High in the bed with her gay son.

      Word on the curb since the late 50's is Aretha oldest boy is also her brother. In other words...she had a baby by her daddy. The Good Rev Doctor CL Franklin. If you dig hard enough on these innanets you will find out that said child born of the incestous union also has some mental retardation AND his BC is sealed.

      Aretha life was (supposedly) a mess chile. :no: Go to LSA and some other places. Them native Detroiters was SPILLIN IT. :popcorn:

    • Wasting time

      :chase: Wasting Time
      Got that durn convict in yo gravi. :cuss: What is WRONG WITCHEW? <—Mama voice :rofl:
      ================================
      :kiss:
      You love me !!

      We argued about him at a cook put over the weekend.
      We messed up for finding a criminal attractive but these certified heaux are ok though :no:

    • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

      RUCKER PARK!
      _________________________
      You just want somebody to be in the :lame: corner with you for when you said you can find me in the AIR!!!!!
      I REFUSE *crosses my arms like Caramel* I am still cool :lol:

    • Just Looking

      :waves: @ Jenie, VDOT, WHO DAT and Luve Life :hug: Brownskin, Aroth

      Already spoke to Man

      :happy:

      Everybody else

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Like you wrist don't stop under your armpits.
      ^^^^^
      Like a PingWing or some other bird :rofl:
      ============
      LuvLife :eek: Whatchew doing? :eek:

      :waves: QT
      Smonae :hug: I spoke downstairs :heart:

    • Wasting time

      :lol: at Bey; it was the beat! I’m gonna blame the beat.
      _______________________
      You say Beyonce get filthy when the calypso beat get in hur? :hahah: Sucks up my laugh for Jesus :pray:
      ====================
      :lol:
      After the 3rd take she was like what? this still a gospah song and chit
      #FixItJesus

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      We argued about him at a cook put over the weekend.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Awesome! :hahaha:
      I am Team You for your family arguments :cheer: #justanfyi :rofl:

    • Just Looking

      Tyrannosaur

    • User Friendly

      MisTaken is #unbothered :cool: says:

      RUCKER PARK!
      _________________________
      You just want somebody to be in the corner with you for when you said you can find me in the AIR!!!!!
      I REFUSE *crosses my arms like Caramel* I am still cool
      _________________________________

      :dead: ok we even.

      I still be saying air too :ashamed:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      MisTaken is #unbothered :cool: says:

      RUCKER PARK!
      _________________________
      You just want somebody to be in the :lame: corner with you for when you said you can find me in the AIR!!!!!
      I REFUSE *crosses my arms like Caramel* I am still cool :lol:

      IT'S REALLY ROCKER's Purk :lol:
      :rules: No ROde Schowlin or Tusslin or Tanglen on Mondays :hahaha:

    • Just Looking

      :waves:@ User.. How did I miss you :hug:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Just Looking says:

      Tyrannosaur

      :dead:

    • User Friendly

      We argued about him at a cook put over the weekend.
      _______________________________________

      we did too but it wasnt a argument we was :fistbump: like yeaaaaaah gurllllllll :yes:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Who Dat says:

      Kdub, I saw a special on Aretha this weekend. I ain’t know she was married to ole boy
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I seen it too. Yes. Additional word on the curb (that was NOT covered) is since the late 70?s…is she caught Col. Taylor/Preach from Cooley High in the bed with her gay son.
      Word on the curb since the late 50?s is Aretha oldest boy is also her brother. In other words…she had a baby by her daddy. The Good Rev Doctor CL Franklin. If you dig hard enough on these innanets you will find out that said child born of the incestous union also has some mental retardation AND his BC is sealed.
      Aretha life was (supposedly) a mess chile. :no: Go to LSA and some other places. Them native Detroiters was SPILLIN IT.
      _________________-

      Oh my :popcorn:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      AND THEN User :huh:
      WHat in thee poured body into a liquid leather suit you got going on there :hahaha:

    • Who Dat

      JL :yahoo:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      I seen it too. Yes. Additional word on the curb (that was NOT covered) is since the late 70?s…is she caught Col. Taylor/Preach from Cooley High in the bed with her gay son.

      Word on the curb since the late 50?s is Aretha oldest boy is also her brother. In other words…she had a baby by her daddy. The Good Rev Doctor CL Franklin. If you dig hard enough on these innanets you will find out that said child born of the incestous union also has some mental retardation AND his BC is sealed.

      Aretha life was (supposedly) a mess chile

      ------------------

      :whew: guess that why she ack like that.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Kdub and Jenny
      They did say that 'she never says who fathered her 1st 2 children'

      :popcorn: Wowsers :shocked:

    • luVn_liFe…

      Im :pc: Working SmurfeTTe, "hardly" :lol:

    • User Friendly

      IT’S REALLY ROCKER’s Purk
      ________________________

      :lol: silly self.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :grill: 56

      LuvLife, when Granny calls me here, she does the "Working hard or hardly working?" routine :lol: and she's always like 'yeah, right' :rofl:

    • User Friendly

      Word on the curb since the late 50?s is Aretha oldest boy is also her brother. In other words…she had a baby by her daddy. The Good Rev Doctor CL Franklin.
      __________________

      :shocked: and appalled, honey!

    • User Friendly

      dam Dave Chappelle done got fat! that asian wife been feeding him long time. :pizza:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      This Marfan guy needs to market himself and do some speaking engagements, turn his lemons into lemonade :yes:

      He could also design some cool eyepatchs, and the kiddies would eat that ish up IMB :tea:

    • Just Looking

      User Friendly says:

      We argued about him at a cook put over the weekend.
      _______________________________________
      we did too but it wasnt a argument we was :fistbump: like yeaaaaaah gurllllllll :yes:
      _____________________
      We argued about me going to Dillards in Richmond VA. We me grandpa to pick up youngest....We get to mall...Mr. Said..look like Dillards is closed. Saks is open. Get out. :sad: :mad: :cuss:

    • Just Looking

      He could also design some cool eyepatchs,
      ______________
      now you know :chase: :beat:

      His lil eye is fine.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      User Friendly says:

      dam Dave Chappelle done got fat! that asian wife been feeding him long time. :pizza:

      She trying to kill him? :blink: Maybe she found out he was cheating! Remember a 'ROse said' :rofl: Feed him good, clog them Arteries UP fast and quick :rofl: :rofl:

    • aRoTh

      :newpost:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Just Looking says:

      He could also design some cool eyepatchs,
      ______________
      now you know :chase: :beat:

      His lil eye is fine.
      ====
      Yes, his lil eye is fine BUT he can make some money :eek:
      AND get inside your :cell: You've got MAIL :eek:

    • Who Dat

      They did say that ‘she never says who fathered her 1st 2 children’
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Right. I was up all night one night years ago reading all of this. When I say I was DIZZONE?

    • User Friendly

      She trying to kill him? Maybe she found out he was cheating! Remember a ‘ROse said’ Feed him good, clog them Arteries UP fast and quick
      ____________________

      yeah them roses are crazy. just be typing any ol thang :whistle:

    • BZB

      **normally a lurker** ya'll made me scroll up and look at that pic of him putting his eye in.. I'm done!!