Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare and complex non-inherited genetic disorder that encompasses a host of medical concerns. PWS interferes with important regulating systems in the body including but not limited to:
- Appetite regulation
- Muscle tone
- Breathing and respiratory function
- Sleep architecture
- Temperature regulation
- Metabolism, gastric and bowel function
- Pain threshold
- Sexual development
- Cognitive function
- Emotional regulation and behavior
It is critical that everyone involved in the care of the individual diagnosed with PWS is aware of these medical issues and understands PWS’s life-threatening challenges. As with any syndrome, the presentation and severity of symptoms will vary by individual; parents are the best source of information for the individual’s specific history. A Synopsis of Prader-Willi Syndrome highlights PWS’s more common symptoms and offers parents and professionals insight into potential treatment and management interventions.
In addition to the information provided on this website, parents and professionals may contact PWCF or PWSA | USA for additional guidance and support.