What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

July 25, 2014 9:17 PM

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What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

Isiah Austin was a star high school and college basketball player. His dream of going pro was about to happen when a mandatory pre-draft physical exam revealed Austin had Marfan syndrome and his career came to an end. This is not the first time we have heard this story.

Flo Hyman was a silver medalist on the 1984 US Women's Volleyball team. Flo died from an aortic rupture while playing professional volleyball in 1986 secondary to Marfan syndrome. Florida State basketball player Ronalda Pierce died in 2004 from an aneurysm that may have resulted from Marfan syndrome...

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