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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 137–141 | Cite as

Williams syndrome: Serotonin's association with developmental disabilities

  • Gerald J. August
  • George M. Realmuto
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Abstract

Reiss et al. (1985) described two autistic children with the Williams syndrome, a dysmorphic developmental syndrome of unknown cause. Both children also showed elevated blood serotonin levels. The present report describes two prepubescent females with the characteristic features of Williams syndrome, who are not autistic and who have blood serotonin levels within the normal range. These findings suggest that further study of developmental disorders that coexist with autism may help clarify the relationship between autism and putative biological markers such as hyperserotonemia.

Keywords

Serotonin Characteristic Feature School Psychology Present Report Elevated Blood 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald J. August
    • 1
  • George M. Realmuto
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota Department of PsychiatryMinneapolis

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