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Williams Syndrome

What is Williams syndrome?
Williams syndrome (WS) is a rare, congenital disorder that comes with many physical and developmental problems.  Scientists have learned that most people with WS are missing some genetic material (Elastin Gene) on chromosome 7.  A blood test (called the FISH technique) can tell whether the Elastin Gene is missing. About 1 in 20,000 children are born with Williams syndrome.

To learn more about genetics and to better understand how genes cause syndromes, see YourChild:  Genetic Syndromes.

People with WS tend to have:

Where can I find more information?

Where can I find support?

Compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN.  Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan.
Updated June 2008

U-M Health System Related Sites:
U-M Pediatrics

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