Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Williams Syndrome Overview

What is Williams syndrome?
A person with Williams syndrome has a rare genetic disorder that can result in abnormal development.

What are the symptoms of Williams syndrome?
The symptoms of Williams syndrome include developmental delay, mild mental retardation, ADD, feeding problems, learning disorders, mild to moderate mental retardation, a unique facial appearance, and a sunken chest. The person's personality combines over-friendliness and high levels of empathy, with anxiety.

How does the doctor treat Williams syndrome?
There is no cure for Williams syndrome. Physical therapy may be helpful. Avoid extra calcium and vitamin D. Treatment is usually based on the person's symptoms.

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Williams Syndrome References
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