Also known as: Williams-Beuren syndrome.
What is Williams syndrome?
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes short stature, developmental delay, unique facial features and growth delays, among many other symptoms including heart problems.
What causes Williams syndrome?
Williams syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation. In most cases, this mutation occurs randomly for no known reason, though it can also be hereditary and passed along from parents to children.
What are the symptoms of Williams syndrome?
A wide range of different symptoms can occur with Williams syndrome. Some of the symptoms include:
- Unique facial features
- Short stature
- Developmental delays
- Congenital heart defects
- Hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder
What are Williams syndrome care options?
There is no cure for Williams syndrome. Different medications, therapies and surgeries may be appropriate treatment depending on which of the many different symptoms are present with the disease.
Reviewed by: Parul B Jayakar, MD
This page was last updated on: 6/15/2018 8:11:52 AM
From the Newsdesk
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital biobank and tissue repository is an essential resource for personalized medicine research efforts, enabling the study of both health and disease over time. The Biobank collects samples and health information from volunteers, regardless of health history. Once a participant becomes part of the Biobank, he or she contributes to ongoing health research. We partner with Sanford Health, a national leader on specimen storage, management and integration with participant health information.
When Layla was 5, she came to Nicklaus Children's Hospital with a severe case of scoliosis. To help straighten her spine, Layla spent time in halo gravity traction. While her mom returned home to Gainesville for work and school, the nurses at Nicklaus Children's took care of Layla, acting as substitute mothers and making sure she was well cared for.