I found this article this morning while searching my Google Reader. Although, I personally don’t have Marfan’s Syndrome, the “commonality” is that this type of connective tissue disorder leads to many folks suffering from aortic dissections. So, it’s imperative to get this bit of good news out and increase everyone’s knowledge of hopeful progress being made.

Article source:
Camilla Allen, patient1, John Pepper, professor of cardiothoracic surgery2

1 Thornbury, Bristol , 2 Imperial College, Royal Brompton Hospital, London SW3 6NP

Correspondence to: C Allen allen@vilberie.wanadoo.co.uk

In 2007 Camilla Allen became the ninth person with Marfan’s syndrome to have an external aortic root support wrapped around her dilated aorta. She has since become the first woman with an exostent to become pregnant and give birth.

The first 150 words of the full text of this article appear below.

In October 2006 I agreed to take part in research related to Marfan’s syndrome being undertaken at St George’s Hospital in London. The research involved detailed measurements of my heart being taken using echocardiograms. I did not give my participation a second thought until a couple of months later when I received a letter from St George’s telling me that my aortic root diameter had expanded to 4.3 cm and that with such a dilated aorta I should not conceive a child due to the risk of fatal aortic dissection. This news was a devastating blow to my husband and me as we had been trying to conceive our second child for the previous nine months.

An appointment with my local cardiology consultant was hastily arranged for January 2007. The measurement was confirmed, and, although it was not particularly worrying in itself, as most patients undertaking root and valve replacement . . . [Full text of this article]


Brian Tinsley