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Dr. Melissa L. Russo

Dr. Melissa L. Russo is currently at Baylor College of Medicine. She is soon moving to the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women and Infants Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

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Pregnancy and Marfan Syndrome: An Update from Melissa L. Russo, MD

May 8, 2017 by Dr. Melissa L. Russo

Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that has effects on the heart, blood vessels, ligaments and bones. The aorta is the main artery that brings blood from the heart and carries blood to the entire body. People with Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders can develop an aneurysm or dilation in the aorta; this can weaken the vessel wall and potentially can lead to a tear in the wall or a dissection. An aortic dissection can have catastrophic effects and it is the leading cause of death in individuals with Marfan syndrome.