Neonatal Marfan syndrome: Report of two cases.

  Vol. 38 (3) 2017 Neuro endocrinology letters Journal Article   2017; 38(3): 138-140 PubMed PMID:  28759179    Citation

: Marfan syndrome is rarely diagnosed in the neonatal period because of variable expression and age-dependent appearance of clinical signs. The prognosis is usually poor due to high probability of congestive heart failure, mitral and tricuspid regurgitations with suboptimal response to medical therapy and difficulties in surgical management. The authors have studied two cases of Marfan syndrome in the newborn period. Two cases of neonatal Marfan syndrome, one male and one female, were diagnosed by characteristic physical appearance. Both infants had significant cardiovascular abnormalities diagnosed by ultrasonography. Genetic DNA analysis in the second case confirmed the mutations in the fibrillin-1 gene located on chromosome 15q21 which is responsible for the development of Marfan syndrome. The boy died at six weeks of age with signs of rapidly progressive left ventricular failure associated with pneumonia. The second infant was having only mild signs of congestive heart failure and has been treated with beta blockers. At the age of 4 years her symptoms of congestive heart failure had worsened due to progression of mitral and tricuspid insufficiency and development of significant cardiomegaly. Mitral and tricuspid valvuloplasy had to be done at that time. Early diagnosis of Marfan syndrome in the newborn period can allow treatment in the early stages of cardiovascular abnormalities and may improve the prognosis. It also helps to explain to the family the serious health problem of their child.