Williams Syndrome Travis Strobel Kenneth Camper
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.
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
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
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.
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
Treatment There is no cure for Williams Syndrome They have to avoid taking calcium and vitamin D because it can narrow there blood vessels
Facts Williams Syndrome has no cure It affects a lot of people They have a lot of difficulties and struggle to survive
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.
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