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October 1967

Marfan's Syndrome: Diagnosis in the Neonate

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(4):419-423. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090250117012

DIAGNOSIS of Marfan's syndrome may come about through recognition of a single finding in the patient which up to that time has not been appreciated as part of the total symptom complex. Diagnosis of Marfan's syndrome is facilitated when familial occurrence, in addition to positive physical findings, is known. Such a situation is illustrated by the case reports of the two sisters presented here. In these cases the complaint of congenital dislocation of the hips served as the primary problem. A more thorough investigation of the family established Marfan's syndrome as the basic entity.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—A white girl was born Aug 19, 1962 at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was the first pregnancy for her 18-year-old mother. Normal vaginal delivery was assisted with low forceps application, following an uncomplicated labor and gestation of an estimated 40 weeks. The infant weighed 3,459 gm (7 lb, 10 oz), was

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