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Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body and their growth. It’s caused by a loss of function of specific genes on chromosome 15. The syndrome is typically not inherited in the traditional sense, but rather the genetic changes happen during the formation of the egg, sperm, or in early development.

Symptoms can vary depending on the age of the individual:

  • Infants may have weak muscles, poor feeding, and slow development.

  • Children and adults may experience constant hunger, which often leads to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

  • PWS may also cause mild to moderate intellectual impairment and behavioral problems.

Treatment for Prader-Willi Syndrome is usually supportive and focuses on managing symptoms. This can include hormone therapy, behavioral therapy, and various other therapies such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, and developmental therapy.

While Prader-Willi Syndrome is a lifelong condition, these treatments can significantly improve the quality of life for those affected.

There is no cure.

But there is hope in the care we give.

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