Familial Williams-Beuren syndrome

Am J Med Genet. 1998 Dec 28;80(5):491-3. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1096-8628(19981228)80:5<491::aid-ajmg10>3.0.co;2-j.


Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) occurs sporadically; however, at least four familial cases of WBS have been described previously. We describe a mother and her son with typical WBS. The diagnosis of WBS in the son was confirmed by molecular cytogenetic analysis fluorescence in situ hybridization. He had a deletion of 7q11.23 at the ELN locus. The mother was diagnosed after the identification of WBS in her affected son. She is deceased and was thus not studied by FISH. However, her combined symptoms make it very clear that she had WBS. Two traits uncommon in WBS were observed, unilateral renal hypoplasia in the mother and a hemivertebra at L5 in the son.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7 / genetics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Male
  • Williams Syndrome / genetics*