Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a group of symptoms caused by a genetic defect in Chromosome 15. PWS occurs in about one of every 15,000 births. Symptoms of Prader-Willi Syndrome can include impaired body control, mental retardation, hypotonia during infancy, short stature, insatiable appetite beginning after infancy, scratching and skin picking, and behavior difficulties. Check these sites for more information.

 

Prader-Willi Syndrome
This technical page from GeneClinics includes in-depth clinical and genetic information.
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
The Association’s web site offers basic information about the syndrome, research news, personal stories and family support (including chat and message board), and links, as well as information about the organization, its chapters, and its publications.
 

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (UK)
This British organization offers “An A to Z of PWS,” genetic information, portraits of people with PWS, and information for people with PWS and for sibling.
 

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