Loeys-Dietz Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder in many parts of the body. Connective tissue provides strength and flexibility to the bones, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. While Loeys-Dietz Syndrome is characterized by enlargement of the aorta and dissections in arteries throughout the body, individuals with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome often experience skeletal problems like sunken chest, flat feet or protruding chest.
HOW IS LOEYS-DIETZ SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Pediatrics often diagnoses Loeys-Dietz Syndrome by conducting a blood test CT scans or colonoscopy.
HOW IS LOEYS-DIETZ SYNDROME TREATED?
There is no known cure, Loeys–Dietz syndrome is a lifelong condition. Due to the high risk of death from aortic aneurysm rupture, patients should be followed closely to monitor aneurysm formation, which can then be corrected with interventional radiology or vascular surgery. If an increased heart rate is present, atenolol is sometimes prescribed to reduce the heart rate to prevent any extra pressure on the tissue of the aorta. Likewise, strenuous physical activity is discouraged in patients, especially weight lifting and contact sports.
DID YOU KNOW?
Those affected with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome tend to bruise easily and may develop an abnormal scar after the wound heals.