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Williams Syndrome



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  • 1. Williams Syndrome
    Travis Strobel
    Kenneth Camper
  • 2. What is the Disease
    Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that creates medical and developmental problems it’s identity wasn’t distinct in 1961. It is estimated to occur in 1/20,000 births. People with William Syndrome have a lot of difficulties like shortened life expectancy and mild retardation. There is no treatment for this condition.
  • 3. How it’s Inherited
    Most cases of Williams Syndrome can not be inherited
    It occurs in random events during the formation of egg and sperm cells
    But ones that are inherited are considered autosomal dominant when one copy of the altered chromosome number 7 in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder.
    Autosomal means that this disease isn’t sex linked
  • 4. What is Symptoms
    Causes: Dental problems
    Kidney problems
    Sensitive hearing
    Excessively friendly
    Hernia Problems
    Distorted Facial features
    Troubles eating
    They have Low birth weight and low weight gain
    Mild Retardation
    Respiratory Problems
  • 5. How disease is tested for and Diagnosed
    By a F.I.S.H. test which detects genetic deletions which occurs in 99% of all Williams Syndrome patients.
    Also by parental testing which is when the baby is in the womb and is usually don’t 9-11 weeks during pregnancy. Where they get D.N.A. and this usually don’t happen unless there is a family History of the disease.
  • 6. Occurrence of Disease
    Williams syndrome is panethnic; which means it doesn’t occur more often in one race.
    But people who live in Hong Kong have trouble with there lungs and breathing.
    In Greece on the other hand they have practically no breathing or lung trouble
  • 7. Treatment
    There is no cure for Williams Syndrome
    They have to avoid taking calcium and vitamin D because it can narrow there blood vessels
  • 8. Facts
    Williams Syndrome has no cure
    It affects a lot of people
    They have a lot of difficulties and struggle to survive
  • 9. Cody
    Cody was just three months old when Williams Syndrome had hit him. He had to get a hernia operation and he went into cardiac arrest for five minutes. Then a three months later his normal heart went severe and he had to go under heart surgery. He went under anesthesia five times during a twelve hour surgery. Cody was extremely lucky and pulled through alive. He still suffers from Williams Syndrome but hasn’t had any major problems.
  • 10. Work Cited
    “Cody’s Story.” Prenatal Partners for Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2010. <>.
    Khan, Aneal. “Williams Syndrome.” Emedicine. Medscape, 18 Nov. 2009. Web. 26 Feb. 2010. <>.
    “What is Williams Syndrome.” Williams Syndrome Association. N.p., 2008. Web. 26 Feb. 2010. <>.