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There is no cure for Williams syndrome. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Individuals with Williams syndrome need regular monitoring for potential medical problems by a physician familiar with the disorder.  Specialized services and therapies are also recommended to help individuals with WS maximize their potential.


Anesthesia Concerns

In general, anesthesia is deemed safe for individuals with WS.  However, there are reported cases of sudden death. Doctors are encouraged to conduct a careful review of all the literature prior to any procedure requiring anesthesia for a child with Williams syndrome.  Preanesthetic assessment should be comprehensive, and good hydration should be maintained up until 2 hours before the procedure.

Adult Medical Issues

As individuals with Williams syndrome age, they will often have new medical issues.  Anxiety, depression, diabetes and gastro-intestinal disorders are not uncommon.  The following is a compilation of unique issues concerning adults with Williams syndrome.

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