Medical Advances

Information about the natural history and management of individuals with LDS continues to evolve.

Advances in medical and surgical care are continually being made to help decrease complications for those impacted by LDS. Initial studies reporting past medical histories of individuals with LDS revealed early ages for first cardiac surgery and for the average age of death. While these seem like frightening statistics, the cases presented in this study were representative of retrospective medical information.

In the recognition of a new syndrome, it is often the most severe cases that first come to medical attention. The first cases do not reflect the current rise in success in the treatment of individuals with LDS, including aggressive surgical intervention and comprehensive imaging. As more individuals are being diagnosed with LDS, we are seeing an incredible spectrum of clinical severity, and we are learning more about the natural history of LDS.

In families with more than one member having the same gene mutation responsible for LDS we see a variety of physical symptoms and vascular involvement. Although LDS is diagnosed most often in children, there has been a growing number of diagnoses in adults who are 50 and older.

Internationally, various institutions are developing methods to improve management and care of individuals diagnosed with LDS. As we increase awareness and education in the medical community regarding the physical findings associated with LDS, we hope diagnoses will be made earlier to continue to improve medical outcome.

It is expected that the outlook for individuals with LDS will continue to improve as more is learned about the disorder. We remain optimistic and enthusiastic about the development of effective therapies for Loeys-Dietz syndrome.

Medical information provisioned by The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. © 2015

Last Updated January 19, 2015