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Cardiovasc Pathol. 2005 Jul-Aug;14(4):185-8.

Heritable diseases of the blood vessels.

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  • 1University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68132, USA.


Four inherited disorders known to effect major arteries will be discussed, including Marfan syndrome (MS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and nonsyndromic familial aortic dissection. Recent advances in understanding their pathophysiology are presented, and how this knowledge impacts on diagnosis, prevention and treatment is discussed.

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