Prader-Willi syndrome

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Pra·der-Wil·li syndrome

A genetic disorder characterized by short stature, intellectual disability, involuntary craving for food with subsequent obesity, behavior and learning problems, and incomplete sexual development.

[After Andrea Prader (1919-2001), Swiss pediatrician and endocrinologist, and Heinrich Willi (1900-1971), Swiss pediatrician.]

Prader-Willi syndrome

(Medicine) a congenital condition characterized by obsessive eating, obesity, mental retardation, and small genitalia
[C20: after Andrea Prader (1919–2001) and Heinrich Willi (1900–71), Swiss paediatricians]
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An expanding set of severe obesity genetic defects are now identified that involve genes in the pathway that are either upstream of MC4R-specifically, pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) deficiency obesity, leptin receptor deficiency obesity, and likely Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)-or genes that are downstream of MC4R or that affect MC4R itself.
Thirteen-year-old Harvey has septo-optic dysplasia and Prader-Willi Syndrome - and his model mum admitted having millions in the bank can't cure him.
They think the children have a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, which can cause compulsive eating, but they don't know how to treat it.
However, nobody could accuse her of not being devoted to her five children, and her care of eldest son Harvey - who is blind, is on the autistic spectrum and has Prader-Willi syndrome - has proved inspirational to others in similar circumstances.
Indian dad, Yogita Rameshbhai Nandwana is planning to sell his kidney to fund treatment for his three morbidly obese children who suffer from a condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome which triggers constant hunger.
Attention is also drawn to the sleep of infants with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) aACAo who often have a weak suck and sleep a lot aACAo and infants with Angelman syndrome (AS) aACAo who wake frequently at night.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA), 8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500, Sarasota, Fla.
Doctors figured that he was gaining weight due to Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic disorder.
In an independent study, Philippe Froguel and colleagues at Imperial College London identified eight SIM1 mutations in morbidly obese adults and in patients with a disorder resembling Prader-Willi syndrome.
2 deletion syndrome; Tourette syndrome, tic disorders, and comorbidities; Down syndrome, Angelman and Prader-Willi syndrome; Williams syndrome; sex chromosome aneuploidy; learning disorders; and speech and language disorders.
The doctor had to rule out other causes of short stature including malnutrition, defects in bone structure and genetic disorders such as Turner and Prader-Willi syndromes associated with restricted growth.
Harvey was born with septo-optic dysplasia, which causes blindness and growth hormone deficiency, and also suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, which can lead to obesity and diabetes.