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Weill-Marchesani syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Mesodermal dysmorphodystrophy congenital
  • Spherophakia-brachymorphia syndrome
  • WM Syndrome
  • WMS
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How might Weill-Marchesani syndrome be treated?

There is no cure for Weill-Marchesani syndrome, and treatment focuses addressing the symptoms that develop. Individuals with this condition often need a team of medical specialists, including pediatricians, eye specialists (ophthalmologists and optometrists), orthopedists, and cardiologists.

Regular eye exams are important for early diagnosis of eye problems. Corrective glasses, visual aids, or eye surgery may be needed to improve vision. Increased pressure within the eye (glaucoma) may be treated with eye drops, laser therapy, surgical removal of the iris or lens. Contraction or dilation of the pupils can cause glaucoma in some people with Weill-Marchesani syndrome. Medications that contract the pupil must be avoided, and medications that dilate the pupils must be given with care.

Joint stiffness and bone abnormalities can cause complications if anesthesia is needed for a procedure. It is important to inform a physician of the diagnosis before receiving anesthesia, as it can impact airway management.[1]
Last updated: 10/3/2013

  1. Ekaterini Tsilou. Weill Marchesani syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders. 03/19/2012; Accessed 10/3/2013.

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