Spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage and multiple infarction in Williams-Beuren syndrome

Pediatr Neurosurg. 2003 Dec;39(6):335-8. doi: 10.1159/000075263.


A 7-year-old boy diagnosed with Williams-Beuren syndrome was admitted for spontaneous right hemispheric intracerebral hemorrhage. Cerebral angiography did not reveal any source of bleeding. After a short period of clinical improvement under conservative treatment, the boy deteriorated rapidly. CT showed the beginning of a complete infarction of both hemispheres. Operative evacuation of the bleeding and bilateral osteoclastic decompression had no perceptible influence on the clinical course. To the present day, the boy has remained in a vegetative state. Reports in the literature suggest that Williams syndrome with cerebral infarction is associated with a markedly poorer prognosis when there is additional intracerebral bleeding.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Hemorrhages / etiology*
  • Male
  • Persistent Vegetative State
  • Prognosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Williams Syndrome / complications*