HC Deb 26 April 2002 vol 384 cc514-5W
Mr. Nigel Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of the number of people suffering from Marfan syndrome; [48844]

(2) how many patients were diagnosed with Marfan syndrome in each of the last 10 years for which records are available. [48842]

Yvette Cooper

Information about the numbers suffering from, and diagnosed with, Marfan's syndrome is not available in the form requested. Our statistics show that between 1995–96 and 2000–01, there were 707 admissions to National Health Service Hospitals for Marfan's syndrome.

The UK Marfan Association estimates that the incidence of this disease is approximately 1 in 5000 of the population.