What Is the Life Expectancy with Williams Syndrome

August 31st, 2007

Most individuals with WS master self help skills and complete academic and/or vocational schools. They are employed in many types of settings and while many individuals with WS live with their parents, some are able to live in supervised housing or on their own.

The pleasure found in talking is considerably less as the individual reaches adulthood. Hypotonia (found in most children with WS) tends to be replaced by increased muscle tension in adolescence. In adulthood, stiffness, reduced mobility of joints, weak hips and knees, and round shoulders are often found. In addition, adults with WS often acquire grey hair early (age 20-30 years). The life expectancy of an individual with WS is normal unless there is a serious heart defect.

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