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Pediatric Prader-Willi Syndrome

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Summary

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a genetic condition characterized by low muscle tone and difficulty learning and thinking. Additionally, children with PWS have an intense craving for food which can result in uncontrollable weight gain. Many children with PWS have challenging behaviors that can be helped with behavioral therapy and medications. Because of increased awareness and improvements in genetic tests, many doctors can make the diagnosis in infancy, allowing for early medical interventions. In addition to a primary care physician, a treatment team may include a geneticist, endocrinologist, nutritionist, behavioral therapist, psychiatrist, orthopedist and neurologist.

More information is available through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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