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Old 11-16-2008, 11:35 PM
 
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Sherman is correct about Marfans. Doctors can look at chest X-rays to determine width of the mediastinum, ultrasound to determine diameter of the aorta, and EKG to determine conduction abnormalities of the heart. I believe it tends to run in families also.
Well you guys were spot on. He had some tests on Friday on his heart and we're awaiting the results. The heart is just one part of the body that Marfan can effect, but the most vital one.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:00 PM
 
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1/2 inch more than your own height is totally usual. if you have arms like this guy, then you might have some issues though...http://www.hoopsanalyst.com/jaber005.jpg (broken link)
Also like somebody else mentioned, it's true that Marfan's patients typically have an armspan that's considerably longer than their own height (armspan: height= more than 1.05) .The guy in that pic btw is 7,5" and has a 8 foot armspan (so his ratio is 1.078) so does that mean he has Marfan's? probably not...he's just a pituitary giant with really long arms.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:40 PM
 
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has be been checked for scoliosis?? I suffer from it, and my arms are longer than my height as well, due to the curviture in my spine. Just a thought anyways
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:24 AM
 
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I inow that arm length is supposed to equal hright, but getting bent out of shape over a half inch seems kind of unreasonable.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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Well my son is 5'9" and his arms length is 6'2" with no other problems that we know of. His hands are long and fingers long as well. He is 16 years old and I hope he is just needing to grow into them. One doctor scratched his head at this finding but didn't order any test. I read an article on Marfan Syndrome and wondered if this was something to worry about as well. So far the doc's are not concern enough to test any further...but they have been known to over look a parents concern.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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This is a good point! Scoliosis can be the height difference.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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Another possibility is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome but since the OP was in 2008, I suspect they have an answer now.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Wow, I never heard of that, but I did know that normally your arm length from fingertip to fingertip should measure exactly the same as your height. I was a TA in a science class the day we measured that, and what was funny was that it was special ed and the kid the teacher chose as her first "victim" to be measured had arms shorter than his height. Well yeah, he had downs. Anyway, here's hoping that your nephew just had a growth spurt and will even out shortly w/o a trace of heart disease. I suppose it's possible that his double jointedness could affect that somehow, and the doctor would probably not be familiar with cases of that.
I think there is a rang of arm length. I am 5-7 and my arm length is 3" less than my height.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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I have a larger arm span than height. I'm almost 5'11" and my arm span is almost 6'3". I'm 20 years old, so I figure I'm done any growth spurts. My father and brother also have a longer arm span than height, mine is the most dramatic because I'm the tallest.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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Arm length is approximately the same as height. But some people have longer limbs or trunk than others. A person with a relatively long trunk compared to limbs will have a height an inch or so greater then arrm-span. My height is about an inch short of my armspan,
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