Marfan syndrome features (mnemonic)

Last revised by Son Do on 27 Dec 2021

A mnemonic to remember the basic features of Marfan syndrome is:



  • M: mitral valve prolapse
  • A: aortic dissection / aortic aneurysm
  • R: regurgitant aortic valve / retinal detachment
  • F: fibrillin-1 mutation
  • A: arm span > height / arachnodactyly
  • N: near-sightness / nasal voice (high-arched palate)
  • S: scoliosis / subluxated lens

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