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Old 11-12-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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My 17 year old nephew went for a physical today so that he could join his school's swim team. They measured his height at 5'11" and his weight which is 155. He's a lanky, thin kid. So then they measured the length of his arms and suddenly the doctor's face shows concern. His arm length is 1/2 " longer then his height. They then asked him if he could contort his body in different ways. Ironically, he's like a human pretzel and can do all sort of things like "jump rope" through his arms and a bunch of different things. He's an active kid and an avid skateboarder. He used to be on the Field and Track team until he lost interest in that. So they brought in a specialist who informed my sister in law that they would not sign the release for him to join the swim team until he gets an electrocardiogram, which he's scheduled to get on Friday morning. Apparently the ratio of arm length to height is sometimes a precursor to heart disease or an indication that one has a strong chance of getting it. Anyone familiar with this arm length to height length ratio thing?
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:26 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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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.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:38 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. I'm curious to see if I get any others.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:48 AM
 
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they are most likely testing him for marfan syndrome, they will check his heart for any structural abnormalities such as aortic dilatation, however having an armspan only slightly longer than your height is perfectly normal and the doc is probably just being careful due to the hypermobility which is seen in marfan. If he did have marfan, there would most likely be other symptoms such as poor eyesight, chest wall deformities and a curved spine as well as long, thin fingers. Also people with Marfan tend to have an arm span significantly longer than their height.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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My word! I am assuming you mean his arm span ??? I was picturing his arms dragging on the ground like an apes!!!

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Old 11-13-2008, 07:11 AM
 
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My word! I am assuming you mean his arm span ??? I was picturing his arms dragging on the ground like and apes!!!
I was thinking the same thing in my mind
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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they are most likely testing him for marfan syndrome, they will check his heart for any structural abnormalities such as aortic dilatation, however having an armspan only slightly longer than your height is perfectly normal and the doc is probably just being careful due to the hypermobility which is seen in marfan. If he did have marfan, there would most likely be other symptoms such as poor eyesight, chest wall deformities and a curved spine as well as long, thin fingers. Also people with Marfan tend to have an arm span significantly longer than their height.
Marfan Syndrom, huh? I'll have to look that up online. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-14-2008, 04:59 AM
 
Location: NJ
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As someone that suffers with long arms, I'm interested to know how they measure. Is it each arm, from fingertip (longest) to shoulder, repeat, then shoulder to shoulder or just arm length
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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It's one big measurement--fingertip to fingertip. If you want to do this at home, you get a more accurate measurement if you lie down on the floor to do it.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:23 AM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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they are most likely testing him for marfan syndrome, they will check his heart for any structural abnormalities such as aortic dilatation, however having an armspan only slightly longer than your height is perfectly normal and the doc is probably just being careful due to the hypermobility which is seen in marfan. If he did have marfan, there would most likely be other symptoms such as poor eyesight, chest wall deformities and a curved spine as well as long, thin fingers. Also people with Marfan tend to have an arm span significantly longer than their height.
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.
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