Prader Willi Syndrome

Ben Rush

What is Prader Willi Sydrome?

Prader Willi syndrome is a disorder that causes you to have the feeling of hunger, even when you have eaten, and generally starts at around the age of 2. But Prader Willi syndrome does not only effect your physical health but also your mental health, and how you may act.
Prader-Willi Syndrome... A Mother's Perspective


  • Poor muscle tone
  • Almond eyes, narrow head, turned mouth
  • Cannot get nutrients as well as an infant, causing some weight gain over time
  • Issues with eye coordination
  • unusually bodily functions, such as tiredness
  • Increased weight gain
  • food cravings
  • underdeveloped sex organs
  • stunted growth, and development of the body
  • mental disabilities
  • scoliosis


Prader-Willi Syndrome is caused by the issue in the chromosome 15 region, where it is lacking some genetic information.

It is inherited/caused by the genes of the parents by either, errors in chromosome 15 in the parent, one of the parents having 2 chromosome 15 genes and the other lacking the genetic information, etc.

It is recessive

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It is treated with growth hormone therapy (For muscle tone and height), hormone replacement, psychotropic drugs, and special education.
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  • Blood test
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) only Prader-Willi caused by deletion
  • Uniparental disomy (UPD) for Prader-Willi caused by an imprinting error
Prader-Willi Syndrome

Population Effects

It is more or less common in different ethnic groups, races, locations, genders.

It is one of the more common genetic diseases related to obesity.

What I have learned

I have learned many things about prader- willi syndrome, such as what it even is, how it effects people, how you get prader- willi, and how common it is in people, and how people have to deal with it, and how it effects their daily/long term lives.
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