Hereditary disorders of connective tissue: A guide to the emerging differential diagnosis

Maureen Murphy-Ryan, Apostolos Psychogios, Noralane M. Lindor

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Purpose: To create a practical desk reference for clinicians focused on the differential diagnosis of individuals presenting with features that suggest an inherited disorder of connective tissue. Methods: We searched the medical literature for distinct clinical entities that shared clinical features with Marfan syndrome and other classical inherited disorders of connective tissue. Results: Thirty-six distinct heritable disorders of connective tissue were identified that have overlapping features. These disorders were organized into two matrices according to clinical characteristics and according to causative genes. Conclusions: A broad differential diagnosis is emerging for individuals presenting with features suggestive of altered connective tissue. Recent advances in molecular genetics have aided in the delineation of these disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages11
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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