Sunday, July 25, 2010

Prader Willi Syndrome: PWS rare genetic chronic disorder

Prader Willi Syndrome also known as PWS is a rare genetic chronic disorder. PWS symptoms vary. Some of the most common symptoms are muscle weakness and an unsatisfiable appetite, leading to obesity. Other symptoms and characteristics include behavior problems, speech disabilities, OCD type disorders, short statures, an incomplete sexual development, and many more.

The disorder is named for the doctors that first observed it in 1956, Andrea Prader, Alexis Labhart and Heinrich Willi. There is much still unknown about this disorder. It is known that the Prader Willi Syndrome is genetic and should not be confused with a hereditary disease. Prader Willi Syndrome is only found in only between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 25,000 live births.

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Prader Willi Syndrome

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