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Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic condition that causes excessive hunger, decreased mental capacity, short stature, and weak muscle tone. Children with Prader-Willi syndrome have an intense craving for food and usually become obese.

There is no specific treatment or cure for Prader-Willi syndrome. But those caring for a child with Prader-Willi syndrome can strictly limit food intake to prevent obesity, which can cause serious health problems. Treatment with growth hormone may increase growth and improve physical strength.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as of March 12, 2014

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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