Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic condition that causes excessive
hunger, decreased mental capacity, short stature, and weak muscle tone
("floppiness"). 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
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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