Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi Syndrome

It is inherited genetic disorder which affects the physical, behavioral, and mental health. The main symptoms of Prader Willi syndrome are a persistent sense of hunger which usually start after 2 years of age.


Signs and symptoms of Prader Willi syndrome include:Prader-Willi Syndrome SYMPTOMS CAUSES TREATMENT

  • Poor sucking reflex
  • Different facial features
  • Hypotonia (poor muscle tone)
  • Poorly developed genitals
  • Fatigue
  • Poor response of baby
  • Food cravings after 2 years of age
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Speech problem
  • Poor physical development
  • Sleep problem

It is a genetic condition which is cause by mutation in certain genes. Prader Willi syndrome occurred due to the mutation in particular genes located on chromosome number 15. It is usually involved paternal chromosome 15.


If left untreated it may cause the following complications:


After taking history your and conduction general physical examination your doctor will recommend the genetic testing to confirm the diagnosis by checking chromosomal mutations.


There is good prognosis if this condition is diagnosed early and treatment will be started early. Treatment options include:

  • Sex hormone treatment for underdeveloped genitals.
  • Nutrition therapy for infants
  • Human growth hormone therapy to increase growth and increase muscle tone
  • Weight management treatment to prevent diabetes mellitus
  • Mental health care through psychiatrist
  • Treatment for sleep problems
Lifestyle and home remedies

Home remedies include:

  • Take proper medicine
  • Eat healthy food
  • Exercise daily
  • Take rest
  • Avoid unnecessary activities
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