Marfan’s syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder that is either inherited or acquired via a spontaneous gene mutation. Its effects may be seen throughout the body but are especially significant in the heart, blood vessels, eyes and joints. In particular, weakness of the connective tissue caused by Marfan’s syndrome can cause injury to and possible dissection of the aorta, which is the vessel that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the the body. This is a potentially life-threatening situation that may require immediate surgery. While not everyone with Marfan’s experiences the same severity of symptoms, additional side-effects of the disorder include elongated appendages including arms, legs, fingers and toes; spine curvature; and other physical features such as dental crowding and a sunken or protruding chest. While the majority of Marfan’s patients can live active and normal lives, more than 30 percent will experience a serious heart problem that requires surgery, and lifetime monitoring of the condition by a qualified physician is extremely important.