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Waardenburg syndrome type 2

Other Names for this Disease
  • WS 2
  • WS type 2
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What are the signs and symptoms of Waardenburg syndrome type 2?

In general, Waardenburg syndrome is characterized by varying degrees of hearing loss and changes in skin and hair color (pigmentation). Those with Waardenburg syndrome type 2, do not have a wide space between the inner corners of their eyes or other facial abnormalities. Most have a hearing impairment or are deaf and also have heterochromia of the iris (two different colored eyes).[1][2] Other features of Waardenburg syndrome, including white forelock, premature graying of the hair, and irregular depigmentation of the skin, are less common in this type.[2]
Last updated: 10/19/2011

  1. Waardenburg Syndrome. National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD). June 2010; Accessed 10/19/2011.
  2. Faivre L & Vekemans M. Waardenburg syndrome type II. Orphanet. April 2005; Accessed 10/19/2011.