Prader-Willi Syndrome

What Is Prader-Willi Syndrome?

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, learning, and behavior. It can also cause low muscle tone and is most known for the chronic feelings of insatiable hunger.  Additional information from Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic multisystem disorder characterized during infancy by lethargy, diminished muscle tone (hypotonia), feeding difficulties, poor weight gain and growth hormone deficiency. In childhood, features of this disorder include short stature, small genitals and an excessive appetite because affected individuals do not feel satisfied after completing a meal (satiety).  The food compulsion requires constant supervision. Individuals with severe obesity may have an increased risk of cardiac insufficiency, sleep apnea, diabetes, respiratory problems and other serious conditions that can cause life-threatening complications. Individuals with PWS have some cognitive impairment that ranges from low normal intelligence with learning disabilities to mild to moderate intellectual disability.

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PWS Resources

Below you will find a list of resources that have been invaluable to us in learning about PWS. Please let us know if there are resources you think belong on the list.

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